ANNOUNCING ECO-PREACHER SERMON CONTEST!

It’s time to recognize the best sermons about God’s Creation.  Submit your best ecologically-themed sermon of 2016 for a chance to win a copy of my book, Creation-Crisis Preaching, and to have your sermon published on my blog: www.ecopreacher.blogspot.com.  Here are the guidelines for submission:

Eligibility:

  • Sermon must have been preached in calendar year 2016.

  • Preacher must be a resident of the United States.

  • Age limit: None

  • One submission per person

  • Sermon manuscript required (see below for instructions)

  • No purchase required

  • Submission must include the following statement: 

    • I hereby state that this submission is my own work and not plagiarized from any other source.

 

Sermons will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Sermon clearly addresses a care-of-Creation issue (climate change, pollution, species extinction, extreme energy extraction, etc.).

  • Sermon frames the Creation-care issue within a faith context.

  • Sermons connecting the environmental issue with a social justice issue (hunger, eco-racism, health, poverty, refugees, etc.) are encouraged.

  • Sermon is creative, engaging, and compelling to the listener.

  • Sermon utilizes strategies for effective introduction, transitions and conclusion.

  • The writing is clear and precise. Writer uses good word choice, proper syntax and rhetorical cohesiveness.

  • The writing conforms to accepted rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. All primary and secondary sources are properly cited.

 

Instructions for submission: 

Send the sermon as a Word document (.doc or .docx).  The heading on the first page should include:

  • Your name

  • Your contact info

    • Mailing address [where the book should be sent if yours is the winning submission]

    • Email

    • Phone

  • Name of church or site where sermon was preached, including name of town/city

  • Date sermon was preached

  • Statement of copyright (e.g. Copyright 2016, Leah D. Schade)

  • Submission must include the following statement:  I hereby state that this submission is my own work and not plagiarized from any other source.

  • Submission must include the following statement:  I hereby give permission for this work to be published online at www.ecopreacher.blogspot.com.  I understand that I retain all rights to this work.

  • If there is video or audio of the sermon, include the link in your submission.

Email your submission to:

The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade:  lschade@lextheo.edu

Submissions are due no later than January 15 at midnight EST.

Winner will be announced by January 31.

Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit is valued at $29.99.  Prize includes free shipping within the continental United States.

Already have the book?  If you win, you can give your prize to another budding “ecopreacher”!