The Christian Citizen: 25th Anniversary Issue honored for excellence

VALLEY FORGE, PA (6/23/22)—On May 11, 2022, “The Christian Citizen: 25th Anniversary Issue,” a publication of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), received five DeRose-Hinkhouse awards from the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for work completed in fall 2021.

This print edition was recognized among periodicals as Category Winner, Magazines – Single Work. It also garnered two Awards of Excellence, one each for the stories “The wounds that cut too deep—Remembering 9/11” and “Is it time to separate church and social media like we have separated church and state?” Two additional stories, “From our writers—First thoughts on the attack on the Capitol” and “Where do we go from here? A response to the attack on the Capitol,” received Awards of Merit.

“While we don’t do this work for the accolades,” said Curtis Ramsey-Lucas, editor of “The Christian Citizen, “it is an honor to be recognized by our peers in the field.” Ramsey-Lucas went on to acknowledge Danny Ellison, the publication’s art director, for his stellar graphic design and layout of the award-winning issue.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually to active members of the RCC who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations. They are named to honor the late Victor DeRose and the late Paul M. Hinkhouse, leading lithographers in New York City and longtime friends of the RCC who shared a strong interest in, and concern for, excellence in communications.

Founded in 1929, the RCC is an association of communications professionals who work for and with a diverse group of faith-based organizations in the areas of communications, public relations, advertising and development.

“The Christian Citizen,” first published in 1996 as a print magazine focused on lifting voices for Biblical Justice, is now a digital-first publication that seeks to shape a mind among American Baptists and others on matters of public concern by providing a forum for diverse voices living and working at the intersection of faith and politics, discipleship and citizenship.