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Earth Ministry's Second Annual St. Francis Sermon Contest

Earth Ministry is now accepting entries for the St. Francis Sermon Contest. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2009. This year there will be no separation of applicants into lay and clergy categories and four finalists will be selected to present their sermons on September 26, 2009 at Earth Ministry's Celebration of St. Francis event. Click above for full contest rules.

Contest Entry Deadline: July 31, 2009

Sermon Contest: Saturday, September 26, 2009, 4-6pm
Location: University Lutheran, 1604 NE 50th St, Seattle, WA

The contest is open to anyone and everyone who wants to submit a sermon, homily, or message of faith in action related to care for God’s creation!

Contest Rules

Sermons must be no longer than 8-10 minutes in length and focus on a creation-care theme. The most successful entries will be inspiring, have a compelling delivery and a clear call to action, and be rooted in theology and scripture. Sermons must be submitted in written format.   The deadline for submission is July 31, 2009. Send submissions via email or mail to Earth Ministry, 6512 23rd Ave NW, Suite #317, Seattle, WA, 98117.

Entries will be accepted from anywhere within the United States; finalists must provide their own transportation to Seattle.  Home stays are available, if desired.  Feel free to nominate other people! Contestants must be members of Earth Ministry. If you would like to enter but are not a member of Earth Ministry, membership begins at $35 and you may submit a check with your entry or join online through our secure website. Finalists will be notified by August 10, 2009.

Winners of the 2008 Sermon Contest are ineligible to enter until the 2010 contest.


Sermons will be initially screened by a panel of clergy and lay judges and narrowed to four finalists.  Attendees of the Celebration of St. Francis on September 26 will be able to vote for the best sermon.  The sermon contest is a fundraiser to support the religious environmental work of Earth Ministry.  Attendees on September 26 will vote by making a donation to Earth Ministry and indicating which sermon is their favorite.  Two awards will be presented. The People’s Choice Award will go to the contestant with the highest number of votes as indicated on the donation ballot. The Franciscan Philanthropist Award will go to the contestant whose votes raise the most money in support of Earth Ministry’s work and mission. 


All finalists will receive a copy of the book Earth Prayers, edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon. The winners of each award will receive a custom-quilted prayer cloth made especially for Earth Ministry and will be invited to give their sermons at a local Seattle congregation the following morning (Sunday, September 27).  Winning sermons of both awards will be published in the Winter 2009-2010 issue of Earth Letter.

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