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While the anonymous essay "Sins of Admission," in our latest issue, has been attracting lots of readers to the site, another Commonweal essay that touches on Christianity and homosexuality has gotten some attention elsewhere. "Coming Home" by Jonathan Odell, which you may have read in our January 15 issue, is reprinted in the May-June Utne Reader.If you read it in Utne, in print or on their Web site, you'll see that they describe Commonweal as "a vibrant, thought-provoking opinion journal and a 2010 Utne Independent Press Award nominee for spiritual coverage." The award winners will be announced this weekend in Washington D.C. But it's an honor just to be nominated, in a category that includes such magazines as Geez, Lilith, Portland, Resurgence, Shambhala Sun, Sojourners, and Tricycle. The curious can find links to all those publications in the official Utne list of nominees. Senior editor Jeff Severns Guntzel elaborates on the choices here. I'm not sure what to make of his assessment of Commonweal's history -- "pacifism" doesn't exactly capture our approach to World War II -- but his judgment that we are "a beacon" I won't dispute. Our thanks to Odell, and Anonymous, and everyone else who keeps our pages "vibrant." That includes you, our supporters and subscribers. And if that doesn't include you? No time like the present to sign up!

Mollie Wilson O'Reilly is an editor at large and columnist at Commonweal.

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