The Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition
The Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition
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About the Greeley Sermon Competition

Established by the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations (UU@UN), this competition is inspired by Rev. Dana McLean Greeley. As the first president of the UUA, Rev. Dana McLean Greeley continued 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 for all.

All Unitarian Universalists are invited to submit a sermon (or address) to the UU@UN​. The purpose of this annual award program is to encourage and recognize Unitarian Universalist 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 Office at the United Nations. Each year, the Dana Greeley Sermon Competition theme pertains to the theme of that year's UU@UN​ Intergenerational Spring Seminar. While all submissions will be considered, those highlighting the work of the United Nations and the UU@UN​ will be given priority consideration.

The Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations is now inviting submissions for the 2019/20 Dana Greeley Award! Please see submission guidelines below—the deadline for submission is February 12, 2020. The winner will receive a $500 honorarium and will be recognized at the next CUC National Conference or UUA General Assembly. Additionally, a video of the sermon will be published on our webpage.

See the Greeley Award winners from prior years.

Submission Guidelines

2019-2020 Theme: Equity in Action: Gender in an Intersecting World

  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@UN​ will have initial rights to publish and print the sermon and any further use of the sermon in print will acknowledge the UU@UN’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 gender equity, inclusion, and the need for an intersectional lens to gender justice. While all submissions will be considered, those highlighting the work of the United Nations and the UU@UN​ 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 12, 2020.

Rev. Karen Johnston speaks at a podium at the NAACP awards luncheon

Rev. Karen G. Johnston

2018/19 Winner: Rev. Karen G. Johnston

Rev. Karen Johnston's winning sermon, "That the Children of Our Children’s Children May Live: Reflections on the Migrant Crisis at the Border" addresses the 2018/19 theme, When Crisis Calls: Advancing Just Migration for All.

Rev. Karen G. Johnston is currently the settled minister at The Unitarian Society, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation in East Brunswick, NJ. After receiving her Master of Divinity from a Cooperative program between Hartford Seminary and Andover Newton Theological School, she was ordained in 2016. Reverend Johnston also holds a Master of Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work. She is currently taking part in the UUMA’s Beyond the Call 3 program in prophetic ministry.

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