2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize and “Songs and Stories of Reconciliation” Storytelling Event

 
St. Paul’s Chapel was the site of an extraordinary ministry of healing and service following the events of September 11, 2001. Today, it is a place of pilgrimage for millions of people each year who seek to find meaning and to move towards reconciliation in the years since 9/11.
 
To that end, Trinity Wall Street is soliciting submissions for two special contests—the 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize and “Songs & Stories of Reconciliation,” a storytelling event. Both competitions are open to people of all faiths and highlight the theme of reconciliation. The winner of the Preaching Prize will be invited to New York City to preach the winning sermon in St. Paul’s Chapel on Friday, September 11. The six winners of the Songs & Stories contest will be invited to a free storytelling workshop, and then to tell their story in front of a live audience on Thursday, September 10. Entries are accepted through August 1, 2015. See below for details.
 
 

Updates

The Reconciliation Preaching Prize: The Rev. David W. Peters, an Army chaplain and curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas, is the winner of the 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize. Peters delivered his sermon titled "Learning War and Reconciliation” at 10am, September 11, 2015, at St. Paul’s Chapel. Watch video of the sermon below.
 
Songs and Stories of Reconciliation: We are grateful for those who submitted their stories. However, the number of entries we received did not meet the criteria for judging, therefore we have cancelled the contest for this year. Please check Trinity’s website next summer for information about the next competition.
 





 

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The 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize

 
Submissions will be accepted via email only from July 1, 2015 until August 1, 2015. A selection will be made by August 15, 2015.
 
St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City was the site of an extraordinary ministry of healing and service following the events of 9/11. Today, it is a place of pilgrimage for millions of people each year who seek to find meaning and to move towards reconciliation in the years since 9/11.
 
To that end, Trinity Wall Street (“Trinity Church”) is soliciting submissions for the inaugural Reconciliation Preaching Prize.
 
The 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize will be granted in recognition of a sermon that best explores the theme of reconciliation in the preacher’s contemporary context. The writer of the prize-winning sermon will preach the sermon at a special service on Friday, 9/11/2015 at St. Paul’s Chapel,  and will receive round-trip coach air transportation from his/her residence to New York City, as well as lodging for three nights (see Terms and Conditions, below). The selection will be made by a representative committee of religious and lay leaders determined by the skill of the writer, based on ability to address the texts and theme, message clarity, quality of expression, and creative style.  Each of the criteria will be given equal weight.  Ties will be broken by the judges who shall select the sermon that best meets criteria ii (message clarity).  All decisions of the 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize committee shall be final and binding.  
 
Other excellent sermons that are submitted, but not chosen to receive the 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize, may be published in Trinity Church’s publications and/or website (see Terms and Conditions).
 
Submission Criteria
The sermon must address the following texts: Isaiah 2:1-4 and Matthew 18:21-35. The sermon should explore the theme of reconciliation in the preacher’s contemporary context. By submitting your sermon for consideration, you represent and warrant that your submission is your original work, has not been previously published, has not won previous awards, does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person and does not violate any law.
 
Submission Format
Entries must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document via an email attachment to an email entry sent to: preachingprize@trinitywallstreet.org and must be no less than 1,000 but no more than 2,000 words.
 
Sermons must be submitted in the following format:
  • Word document using Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • Spacing/formatting: one inch margins, double-spaced, with one line separating each paragraph, and align all text to the left.
  • Sermon pages: the sermon title should be included at the top of the first page of the sermon. Each page should be numbered in the top right corner. Please omit any other page headers and footers.
The email entry itself, to which the sermon must be attached, must include the all of the following information: sermon title, author's name, residence/mailing address, telephone number, and valid email address.   Entry email must be received no later than 11:59 PM on August 1st, 2015. For purposes of this contest, “receipt” of an entry occurs when Trinity Church’s servers record the entry information resulting from an email with its sermon attachment being received in the inbox.  Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of email) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Trinity Church for purposes of this contest.
 

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The “Songs and Stories of Reconciliation” Storytelling Event

 
Submissions will be accepted via email only from July 1, 2015 until August 1, 2015. A selection will be made by August 15, 2015.
 
St. Paul’s Chapel in New York City was the site of an extraordinary ministry of healing and service following the events of 9/11. Today, it is a place of pilgrimage for millions of people each year who seek to find meaning and to move towards reconciliation in the years since 9/11.
 
To that end, Trinity Wall Street (“Trinity Church”) is soliciting submissions for the inaugural “Songs and Stories of Reconciliation” (SSR) Storytelling Event in the form of true, personal written stories that best explore the theme of reconciliation in the author’s contemporary context.  Stories should be secular, non-religious explorations of the theme of reconciliation. 
 
Six (6) winning authors will be invited to tell their stories in front of a live audience on the evening of 9/10/2015 at St. Paul’s Chapel, as part of the larger “Songs and Stories of Reconciliation” Storytelling Event (SSR Event) sponsored by Trinity Church, which event will feature musical accompaniment provided by Trinity Church.  The chosen authors will also be invited to attend a free storytelling workshop sponsored by Trinity Church on Saturday, August 29, 2015 to hone their live storytelling skills.  Each winning author will also receive $100.00 in recognition of their work.
 
The selection will be made by a representative committee of creative professionals determined by the skill of the writer, based on applicability to theme, quality of expression, creative style, and emotional impact.  Each of the criteria will be given equal weight.  Ties will be broken by the judging committee who shall select the six (6) stories that best meets criteria i (applicability to theme).  All decisions of the judging committee shall be final and binding.  
 
Other excellent stories that are submitted, but not chosen to be delivered as part of the “Songs and Stories of Reconciliation” Storytelling Event may be published in Trinity Church’s publications and/or website (see Terms and Conditions).
 
Submission Criteria
The story must be a true, personal story that best explores in writing the theme of reconciliation in the author’s contemporary context.  No songs or stories set to music are eligible.  By submitting your story for consideration, you represent and warrant that your submission is true, is your original work, has not been previously published, has not won previous awards, does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person and does not violate any law.
 
Submission Format
Entries must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document via an email attachment to an email entry sent to: songsandstories@trinitywallstreet.org and must be no less than 800 but no more than 1,500 words.
 
Stories must be submitted in the following format:
  • Word document using Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • Spacing/formatting: one inch margins, double-spaced, with one line separating each paragraph, and align all text to the left.
  • Story pages: the story title should be included at the top of the first page of the story. Each page should be numbered in the top right corner. Please omit any other page headers and footers.
The email entry itself, to which the story must be attached, must include the all of the following information: story title, author's name, residence/mailing address, telephone number, and valid email address.   Entry email must be received no later than 11:59 PM on August 1st, 2015. For purposes of this contest, “receipt” of an entry occurs when Trinity Church’s servers record the entry information resulting from an email with its story attachment being received in the inbox.  Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of email) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Trinity Church for purposes of this contest.
 
2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize and “Songs and Stories of Reconciliation” Storytelling Event