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The Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition
The Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition
Congregational Action, Funding for Social Justice, Social Justice Awards

Established by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, this competition is inspired by Rev. Dana McLean Greeley. As the first president of the UUA, Rev. Dana McLean Greeley continues to inspire us with his dedication to peace and justice, expressed in his ministry until his death in 1986. One of the principal founders of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, he believed that strengthening the United Nations is part of our commitment to world community with peace, liberty and justice.

All Unitarian Universalists are invited to submit a sermon (or address) to the UU-UNO. The purpose of this annual award program is to encourage and to recognize Unitarian Universalists’ principles, thought and action on a wide range of global issues as well as the role of the United Nations and our own Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Each year, the Dana Greeley Sermon Competition theme pertains to the theme of that year's UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar. While all submissions will be considered, those highlighting the work of the United Nations and the UU-UNO will be given priority consideration.

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is now inviting submissions for the 2017/18 Dana Greeley Award! Please see submission guidelines above—the deadline for submission is Thursday, February 1, 2018. The winner will be recognized at the next CUC National Conference or UUA General Assembly and a video of the sermon will be published on our webpage.

Submission Guidelines

2017/18 Theme: Arm in Arm: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet

  1. Sermons must be the original work of the individual submitting and must not have been published previously. Though copyright of the sermon will remain the property of the preparer, the UU-UNO will have initial rights to publish and print the sermon and any further use of the sermon in print will acknowledge the UU-UNO’s Rev. Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition as the source of inspiration.
  2. All quotations must be documented. The sermon should be 2,500 words or less.
  3. Submissions will be accepted electronically in Word or pdf format. The text must be typed, double-spaced, and in Times New Roman, 12pt font.
  4. Submissions should include a brief cover letter about the author, including contact information (telephone, mailing address, email address). Do NOT include your name on the typed pages of the sermon entered, as all entries will be judged anonymously. Do number the pages sequentially. Send submissions to unitednations [at] uua [dot] org.
  5. Content of the sermon: Sermon should address the topic of global disarmament and/or interfaith action for ending armed violence. While all submissions will be considered, those highlighting the work of the United Nations and the UU-UNO will be given priority consideration. Be sure to read our mission and programs.
  6. Submit your sermon: unitednations [at] uua [dot] org.

Deadline for submission is February 1, 2018.

Douglas Harrell, winner of the 2015 Dana McLean Greeley Award

Winner of the 2015-16 Dana Greeley Award: Douglas Gaines Harrell

Douglas Harrell's winning sermon "Only Love Can" addresses the 2015/16 theme: International Criminal Justice: From Punitive to Restorative. His sermon speaks to the war on drugs and the importance of drawing from broader contexts to solve problems such as crime, terrorism, or drug abuse. An excerpt of Doug’s sermon was presented at the International Reception at UUA General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH.

About Douglas Harrell: Douglas Harrell attended his first UU service while visiting friends in Connecticut after the death of his first wife, Carolyn, in 2001 and quickly realized that he had been a UU his whole life without realizing it. Doug and his wife, Michelle, attend the UU Society of Millcreek, Delaware where he leads Sunday RE for the senior youth. Doug is also a regular summer visitor to the UU of Southern Delaware in Lewes. An engineer by profession, Doug has a passion for history, including religious history. He is a firm believer in studying the lessons of the past to gain insight into the problems of today, as he does in his sermon, “Only Love Can.”

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