Polly Bond Awards 2020

Congratulations to the following entrants and their collaborators on their winning work!

General Excellence: Best Campaign

Award of Excellence: Sarah Bartenstein, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA | Annual Giving Campaign for St. Stephen’s, Richmond, VA

Award of Excellence: Victoria Ludwin, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston | Rally Against Hunger        

Honorable Mention: Sonja Slother, St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral | Pets in the Park Campaign


General Excellence: Best Periodical (Print) - Diocese/Organization

Award of Excellence: Emily Kittrell, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas | LOGOS Magazine

Award of Merit: Bonnie Burgess, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Inc. | Pathways Magazine

Honorable Mention: Mike Orr, The Episcopal Church in Colorado | Colorado Episcopalian


General Excellence: Best Periodical (Print) - Parish/Cathedral

Award of Excellence: Steven Haal, Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal | The Archangel Magazine

Award of Merit: Robyn Banks, Calvary Episcopal Church | The Chronicle

Honorable Mention: Sally Chambers-Rhea, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church | The Lenten and Easter Bell


General Excellence: Best Periodical (Digital) - Parish/Cathedral

Award of Merit: Brandi Underwood, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church | Canterbury Tales

Honorable Mention: Alice Fitch, St. Paul’s Memorial Church | St. Paul’s Weekly Update


General Excellence: Best Periodical (Digital) - Diocese/Organization

Award of Excellence: Matthew Townsend, Anglican Journal/General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada | Epiphanies - A publication of the Anglican Journal

Award of Merit: Charis Bhagianathan, Episcopal Church Foundation | Vestry Papers

Honorable Mention: Mike Orr, The Episcopal Church in Colorado | Colorado Episcopalian, Digital Periodical


General Excellence: Best Social Media Presence

Award of Excellence: Alyssa Finke, Forward Movement | Forward Movement Facebook Page

Award of Merit: Jocelyn Cassada, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta | All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Atlanta Facebook and Instagram

Honorable Mention: Jessica Rocha, Episcopal Diocese of Ohio | Bellwether Farm Instagram


General Excellence: Best Website

Award of Excellence: Heidi Shott, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) | www.afedj.org

Award of Merit: Sarah Bartenstein, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA | www.StStephensRVA.org

Honorable Mention: Steven Haal, Saint Michael & All Angels Episcopal | www.saintmichael.org


Audio/Video: Long-form Video

Award of Excellence: Craig Wirth, Diocese of Utah | …And I Saw the Holy City (Jerusalem)

Award of Merit: Lisa Jaycox, Trinity Church of Wall Street | Courageous and Just

Honorable Mention: Cynde Bimbi, Episcopal Church in Delaware | Growing Delaware


Audio/Video: Podcast Episode

Award of Excellence: Allison Gannett, Episcopal Church in Connecticut | Coffee Hour at The Commons Podcast Episode 71: Formation, Evangelism, and the Good News

Award of Merit: Kyle Oliver, The Episcopal Church | The Way of Love with Bishop Michael Curry S2E3: Learning To Meet People Where They Are”

Honorable Mention: Vickee Spicer, Saint Francis Ministries | Saint Francis New Employee Orientation


Audio/Video: Short-form Video (Contracted shooting or editing)

Award of Excellence: Heidi Shott, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) | Walk with a Child at Holy Land Institute for the Deaf

Award of Merit: Sarah Buckley, Christ Church, Cranbrook | Welcome to Christ Church Cranbrook

Award of Merit: Katie Sherrod, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth | Will God Love Me If I’m Gay? Yes.

Honorable Mention: Bonnie Burgess, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Inc. | Take Transformative Action Video

Honorable Mention: Gregory Bloch, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle | On The Holy Box


Audio/Video: Short-form Video (In-house produced)

Award of Excellence: Halee Oliver, Episcopal Diocese of Utah | Culture and Faith

Award of Merit: Lisa Jaycox, Trinity Church Wallstreet | Stonewall: A Priest Remembers

Honorable Mention: Lauri Cielo, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church | Episcopal Autocomplete Interview

Honorable Mention: Lisa Jaycox, Trinity Church WallstreetNavigating the Holidays While Grieving

Honorable Mention: Stephen Richards, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester | Leadership: Supporting All, Young and Old


Writing: Editorial/Commentary

Award of Excellence: Matthew Townsend, Anglican Journal/General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada | Where are all our flowers going?

Award of Merit: David Skidmore, National Episcopal Historians and Archivists | Uncaring for Creation

Honorable Mention: Angelia Waller, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church | Expect the unexpected


Writing: Feature

Award of Excellence: David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service | Gorsuch’s ‘hero’ uncle was progressive priest on winding spiritual path

Award of Merit: Matthew Townsend, Anglican Journal/General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada | For the love of bees

Honorable Mention: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Freelance | ‘Everything is awesome’ as building begins on massive Lego replica of National Cathedral

Honorable Mention: Egan Millard, Episcopal News Service | As the only choir boarding school in America turns 100, alumni reflect on its lasting influence


Writing: News

Award of Excellence: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Freelance | Welby’s Lambeth invite apology smooths way for Anglican Consultative Council to walk together

Award of Merit: Bonnie Burgess, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Inc. | Inside the Ghana Pilgrimage: Reflections on Faith & Reconciliation Across Troubled Waters

Award of Merit: David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service | ‘The church will be there’: Presiding Bishop visits Florida hurricane survivors on long road to recovery

Honorable Mention: Matthew Townsend, Anglican Journal/General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada | ‘It gives you a hearbeat’: In Toronto, Neechi Sharing Circle provides spiritual community for marginalized Indigenous people


Writing: Theological Reflection

Award of Excellence: Kyle Oliver, The Episcopal Church | Come Sunday? First Fruits for Salvation (2 Thessalonians 2)

Award of Merit: Matthew Townsend, Anglican Journal/General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada | Living as ecological refugees

Honorable Mention: Julie Murray, Diocese of Southern Ohio | What we have left undone


Visual Arts: Graphic Design

Award of Excellence: Katherine Branch, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Inc. | Love in Action Campaign

Award of Merit: Alexis Guszick, The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania |You Are Welcome Just as You Are - Pride Festival of Central PA Card

Honorable Mention: Mike Orr, The Episcopal Church in Colorado | Discover Embrace Become


Visual Arts: Layout (Front Page)

Award of Excellence: Melodie Woerman, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas | Bishop Cathleen

Award of Merit: Melodie Woerman, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas | Campus Ministry

Honorable Mention: Mike Orr, The Episcopal Church in Colorado | Colorado Episcopalian Lent/Easter 2019 Front Page


Visual Arts: Layout (Poster)

Award of Excellence: Jason Franklin, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | Advent Intergenerational Workshop

Award of Merit: Diana Branton, Christ Episcopal Church, Covington | I Shall Be Released: A Tribute Mass to Bob Dylan

Honorable Mention: Diana Branton, Christ Episcopal Church | If I Can Dream: A Tribute to Elvis Presley


Visual Arts: Layout (Spread)

Award of Excellence: Katherine Branch, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta | Pathways Magazine Spread

Award of Merit: Mike Orr, The Episcopal Church in Colorado | Mission Trips Around the World

Honorable Mention: Robyn Banks, Calvary Episcopal Church | Calling and Consecration


Visual Arts: Photography

Award of Excellence: Bonnie Burgess, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta | Dancers in the Sanctuary (All Saints’ Episcopal Atlanta)

Award of Merit: Melodie Woerman, The Episcopal Diocese of Kansas | Farewell to a Church Home

Honorable Mention: Amy Goetze, St. James Episcopal Church | Vacation Bible School Smiles


Marketing/Education/Outreach: Advertisement

Award of Excellence: Lisa Jaycox, Trinity Church Wall Street | The Path to Closing Rikers

Award of Merit: Alexis Guszick, The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania | The Stevenson School for Ministry’s October 2019 Learning Weekend - Mailer

Honorable Mention: Jason Franklin, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | Advent and Christmas at St. Paul’s


Marketing/Education/Outreach: Booklet

Award of Excellence: Jason Franklin, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church | Stewardship 2020: Giving Hands, Grateful Hearts

Award of Merit: Heidi Shott, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ) | 2018 Annual Report of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

Honorable Mention: Alexis Guszick, The Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania | Shaped by Faith Campaign Booklet


Social Media: Facebook Post

Award of Excellence: Amy Goetze, St. James Episcopal Church | “The Return of the Superman” Rector Facebook Post

Award of Merit: Lauri Cielo, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church | The Millennial Christmas Story

Honorable Mention: Heidi Pitts, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon | #DayofRemembrance


Social Media: Instagram Post

Award of Excellence: Katherine Branch, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Inc. | Justice for Children

Award of Merit: Michele McCarthy, Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church | Pentecost with Bishop

Honorable Mention: Allison Gannett, Episcopal Church in Connecticut | Easter Day Sacred Harp Singing



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