"Race, Faith and Politics Today" by the Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., this year has won both national and statewide honors for writing and reporting excellence. 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 nonfiction work. The Hoosier SPJ has recognized Huckins' work several times this decade.
The Evangelical Press Association honored him 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.
Huckins 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 talk, which garnered more questions than time allowed. The positive, robust dialogue was very timely, coming on the heels of 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.
COGIC's Holy Convocation attracts tens of thousands of the church's faithful from across the world, with in excess of 40,000 attending on the last Sunday of the event alone. The denomination has 7 million adherents globally, most of them in the U.S.
Kyle Huckins has won 13 awards for his columns and collections of them, including honors from the Evangelical Press Association, Religion Newswriters Association, National Association of Black Journalists, Amy Foundation and Indiana Society of Professional Journalists?
His unique combination of Scripture, interviews and research in his columns has netted him recognition for opinion writing, feature writing, use of theology, coverage of issues concerning minorities and copy editing.
Huckins has also received two NABJ honors for single-topic magazine series for his profiles of COGIC congregations and 10 honors for his work in broadcasting.
RFPT notable quote
"Kyle does not shy away from the controversial issues. ... He can stake out a position, but do so in love. ... You will be challenged, stretched and intrigued. ... There need to be more people like Kyle Huckins who do both news and theology."
- The Rev. Bobby Schuller, speaker for TV's "The Hour of Power" and pastor of Shepherd's Grove (the former Crystal Cathedral), from the book's foreword
Author Kyle Huckins and "Race, Faith and Politics Today" were featured in The Whole Truth, the Church of God in Christ official magazine. Read the article below!
Huckins presents his book to a receptive crowd during COGIC Holy Convocation in St. Louis.