The Dana McLean Greeley Sermon Competition

Lóre Stevens smiles while sitting at the top of a playground slide

Lóre Stevens

2020/21 Winner: Lóre Stevens

Lóre Stevens's winning sermon, "Food Faith", addresses the 2020/21 theme, All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet.

Lóre Stevens (rhymes with 'story', she/her) is from Nashville TN. Her home congregation is the First UU Church of Nashville, where she worked as Membership Coordinator and volunteered as a lay leader. Previously, Lóre has worked at the Nashville Public Library, assisting folks experiencing homelessness with technology. Lóre is currently a student at Harvard Divinity School (HDS), where she is preparing for Unitarian Universalist ministry. She serves on the boards of Harvard UU Ministry for Students (HUUMS), the HDS Student Association, and the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship. While in school, Lóre has worked in the New England Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. She identifies as bisexual, mestiza (mixed-race Mexican-American), and an atheist mystic. She loves science fiction, film, bullet journaling, and her cat Tezzy!

About the Greeley Sermon Competition

Established by the Unitarian Universalist Association 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 and United Nations Sunday. 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 not yet inviting submissions for the 2021/22 Dana Greeley Award - please stay tuned for updates to this webpage!

Please see submission guidelines below for prior years. 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.

Greeley Award winners from prior years.

Submission Guidelines

2020-2021 Theme: All In for Climate Justice: People, Power, 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@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 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@uua.org.
  5. Content of the sermon: Sermon should address the topic of climate justice: beyond an analysis of the dangers of the climate crisis, what does it mean for people of faith to be all in for climate justice, looking toward the ways power can be leveraged to help people and planet achieve justice and liberation. While all submissions will be considered, those that draw on 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@uua.org.

Deadline for submission is February 23, 2021.