All five award recipients will each receive an award
certificate and cash prize of $8,000. They will also be named in the 2007 General Assembly program book and
invited to a joint luncheon of the UUA President's Council and Annual Program
Fund Committee at this year's General Assembly in Portland, Oregon.
This year's contest was restricted to Unitarian Universalist (UU) theology students who had aspirant or candidate status prior to January 1,
2007. Entries were anonymously read and evaluated based on how well they met several criteria, including describing
ways in which Unitarian Universalists (UUs) can apply the seven principles of
Unitarian Universalism to better our world, country, communities, and the lives
of family, friends, and others.
Special consideration was given to sermons which demonstrate
how UUs, individually or collectively, can take leadership roles in these
efforts. In particular, the judges sought sermons that focused on turning hope and good intentions into practical
action, with the goal of making UU principles come alive to solve problems and
move our world to a better place.
A wide variety of topics were addressed in the entries submitted, including racism, poverty, the prison industrial complex, and global
warming, just to name a few. The unwavering commitment to truth and social justice displayed in the sermons
speaks volumes about the quality of our future ministers and the vitality of our
liberal religious movement.
Continuing in the tradition of our UU forebears, our theological students
are speaking out and taking action— and daring others to do the same—on some of the most pressing issues of our time.
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