Trinity Institute 2015 Essay Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the Trinity Institute 2015: Creating Common Good essay competition!  Entrants were asked to submit an essay on the theme of economic inequality and how to make changes for the common good. The first-place prize was an award of $10,000, and the two runners-up were awarded prizes of $2,500 each. All three essays will be published in the Anglican Theological Review in February 2016.
The competition aimed to inspire theological scholars, seminarians, and priests to examine our post-2008 economic context and offer solutions about how best to pursue God’s promise of abundant life against the backdrop of the global financial crisis.
Willis Jenkins, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, won first place for his essay “Is Plutocracy Sinful?” Honorable mentions were awarded to Scott Bader-Saye, a professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at Seminary of the Southwest, for “Closing the Gap: A Social Imaginary for the Common Good” and Amaryah Jones-Armstrong, a graduate student in theological studies at Vanderbilt University, for “The Spirit and the Subprime: Race, Risk, and our Common Dispossession.”
To hear the winners speak about their essays, come to a free panel discussion on November 8, 2015, 2-3:30pm at Trinity Church. Details here.

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The essay competition ran in conjunction with Trinity Institute’s theological conference held in January, 2015, Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference for Economic Equality. The conference took place January 22-24, 2015, at Trinity Church in New York City and at Partner Sites. It explored the pervasive, overwhelming issue of economic inequality, and featured speakers with real-world experience making change happen, including Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Read more here.
The contest is now closed for 2015. Please visit to learn more about Trinity Institute’s 2016 conference.