The 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest is closed for this year. Congratulations to the winners:
Look for an announcement next year for the 2018 Earth Day Sermon Contest!
Are you a preacher planning to craft a sermon for Earth Day? Are you a parishioner and your pastor has preached a “green sermon”? Submissions are being accepted for the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest!
Earth Day Sermon Contest sponsored by:
Leah D. Schade, Author, Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015)
As we near Earth Day, this is the ideal opportunity for preachers to speak to their congregations about the need for protecting God’s Creation. Now more than ever, parishioners need to hear a strong voice from the pulpit advocating for “the least of these” who suffer most from runaway climate-change, loss of natural habitat, storms unleashing billion-dollar catastrophes, and lack of access to clean water for millions, to name just a few of the global ecological threats confronting humanity. Add to that the current administration’s executive orders for gutting EPA and rolling back life-saving regulations, and the need for preachers to speak a prophetic word on behalf of God’s Creation has never been greater.
Submit your Earth Day sermon preached during the month of April, 2017, for a chance to win a $50 prize and a signed copy of my book, Creation-Crisis Preaching, and to have your sermon published on my blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ecopreacher/. The second-place winner will also have their sermon published on my blog and receive a signed copy of my book.
Need some ideas for crafting a green sermon? Check out: 17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher.
Need more inspiration? Visit https://www.creationcrisispreaching.com/sermons for model sermons to get your creative juices flowing.
Here are the guidelines for submitting your sermon for the contest:
- Sermon must have been preached between April 1 – 30, 2017.
- Preacher must be a resident of the United States.
- Age limit: None.
- One submission per person.
- Previous winners of EcoPreacher contests are not eligible.
- Sermon manuscript required (see below for instructions).
- Videos of the sermon being preached are encouraged but not required.
- No purchase required.
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 makes a clear theological claim about God’s intention and/or action on behalf of Creation.
- Sermon is creative, engaging, and compelling to the listener.
- Strong sermons will utilize strategies for an 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 a winning submission]
- 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, your name)
- Submission must include the following statement: I hereby state that this submission is my own work.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions are due no later than April 30, 2017, midnight Eastern Standard Time.
Winners will be announced by May 15, 2017.
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”!
Leah D. Schade is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary (Kentucky) and author of the book Creation-CrisisPreaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit (Chalice Press, 2015).
For a reflection about preaching on Earth Sunday, click here.
For ideas on incorporating Earth-care into faith practices and preaching, try 17 Ways to be an EcoPreacher.