"Race, Faith and Politics Today" by Elder Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., recently won both national and statewide honors for excellence in writing and reporting. The national eLit Awards recognized the volume for 2016's best religion (Eastern/Western) book, and the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists heralded it for that year's best work of nonfiction. The Hoosier SPJ has recognized Huckins' work several times this decade.
The Evangelical Press Association honored the elder for 2016's best reporting for a story on Bishop Nathaniel Wells and his church in Western Michigan. This is the journalist's second award from EPA, which recognized "Keeping Faith" for best column in 2014.
His "Church Spotlight" series in The Whole Truth came in second in the National Association of Black Journalists' competition for 2016's best single-topic magazine series, and his column finished in the same place for best newspaper commentary.
Pastor Huckins has presented his "Race, Faith and Politics Today" at the Church of God in Christ's Holy Convocation in St. Louis in November 2016. He was on the program the Thursday of convocation (the 10th) and had a book signing immediately following. HIs session attracted more questions than time allowed, with a positive, energetic dialogue timely to election results.
"This was a great honor and speaks to how important and relevant our spirituality is to current events and the public square," Huckins says.
"Race, Faith and Politics Today" is a collection of more than 125 of Huckins' award-winning news columns that combine Scripture, interviews and research to analyze topics in a conversational way. Chapters include "Black Is Beautiful" and "COGIC Coast to Coast," the latter profiling the denomination's congregations across America. See the Table of Contents and how to order the book.
Huckins' columns have been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists, Evangelical Press Association, Religion Newswriters Association and other groups.
COGIC notable quote
"Elder Kyle Huckins' book is an exceptional work. Kyle's journey as a journalist has afforded him the opportunity to write about some of this country's and world's major religion news stories. This compilation allows the reader to revisit these well-written pieces, which come from an evangelical point of view. It is an honor to have included in this journalistically sound work both views from and stories about our church, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the U.S."
- Robert Coleman, executive director of public relations, Church of God in Christ
Psst ... Did you know that ...
Elder Huckins has served local COGIC congregations as lead preacher, associate minister, education head, broadcast director, scholarship auxiliary head and Sunday-school superintendent?
He's also been dean of the Historic Indiana First Jurisdiction C.H. Mason Institute for ordination & licensure and media-relations director for Canaan Land District.
Huckins has been a feature writer for The Whole Truth since 2013 and honored twice for "Best Single-topic Feature Series" from the National Association of Black Journalists for his regular "Church Spotlight."
Huckins (top left) presents
his book in St. Louis while COGIC Scholars head Raynard Smith (far right) looks on.
Elder Kyle Huckins and his "Race, Faith and Politics Today" were featured in The Whole Truth, the COGIC official magazine. Read the article below!