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April 1, 2017

“Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” Receives Two Wilbur Awards

Religion & NewsWeekly, which retains an online presence through its archives, has won two Wilbur Awards for segments Christians Combating Anti-Muslim Rhetoric (aired April 29, 2016) and Jews in Cochin, India (aired May 13, 2016).

The honors for the respective segments were presented to Kim Lawton, managing editor and correspondent and Fred de Sam Lazaro, contributing correspondent, at the Wilbur Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL.

The Wilbur Awards, presented annually since 1949 by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), recognizes excellence in the communication of religious issues, values and themes in secular media.

  • Christians Countering Anti-Muslim Rhetoric – With suggestions of banning Muslims from coming to the US, “patrolling Muslim neighborhoods” and questioning whether Muslims are qualified to be president, there has been much negative rhetoric about Islam this election season. Kim Lawton reports on efforts in Nashville, Tennessee to counter the rhetoric through building personal relationships between Christians and Muslims. One of the leaders of the movement is Rev. Josh Graves, pastor of an evangelical megachurch
  • Jews in Cochin, India – For 900 years there has been a small Jewish community on India’s Malabar Coast, living at peace with their Hindu, Muslim and Christian neighbors. It’s been a model of interfaith tolerance. But, as Fred de Sam Lazaro reports, the community has dwindled since the state of Israel was established and now the last Jewish survivor says he plans to leave in a few years – for Israel.
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