For its 2017 Awards program, the Catholic Press Association (CPA) gave two awards to Ecumenical Trends. CPA received 2,688 submissions in 338 categories.

The article “The Prophetic Cry for Justice: A Pentecostal Response to the Racism of Mass Incarceration” by Peter Althouse was recognized as third prize for the Best Feature Article: Professional & Special Interest Magazine, Including Clergy & Religious. In addition, Ecumenical Trends received an Honorable Mention in the category Magazine/Newsletter of the Year: Professional & Special Interest Magazine (Including Clergy & Religious).

Judges commented about Ecumenical Trends “This publication presents 2-3 lengthy, academic or at least well-researched articles in an issue. There are no illustrations, and subheads, numbered sections, and clear-cut design guide readers through the pages. The effect is a serious publication that appears authoritative in its field.”