We invite UU religious professionals and lay people of all identities and genders to share their voices, responding to the world around us by addressing a topic related to the UUWF’s mission of advancing justice for those who identify as women and girls, and promoting their spiritual growth. The sermon must have been written by the entrant and delivered before a UU congregation prior to the UU General Assembly of the same year.
A judging panel of UU professionals and lay leaders selects the winning sermon. The author receives a cash award and is invited to share their sermon at the annual UUWF Breakfast, held in the morning of one of the days at the General Assembly. Sermon award themes and deadlines are announced in January or February of each year.
2020 Sermon Award Winner
Congratulations to Marta Varee Pearson, winner of the 2020 Sermon Award, for her sermon "Georgia Blew My Mind in 2019: Moving Past Dreams to Action." Marta has been "a UU since birth, even though she didn’t know the denomination existed." In the past 35 years, she has been a member of Unitarian Universalist congregations in Louisville, KY; Brunswick, ME; Mount Vernon, WA; and Tampa, FL. She resides now in Tampa, FL. Professionally she is a speaker, trainer and empowerment coach.
She present her sermon during the UUWF Breakfast at GA. The recording of the event is available here (sermon begins at 35:10).
Prior Sermon Award winners are listed below. Click on the sermon title to download a PDF.
2019 - How Not to Be a Boy by Rev. Kimberley Debus
2018 - Me Too, Now What? by Clare Fortune-Lad
2017 - From Eve to Hillary by Erin Walter
Other sermons that were submitted and received honorable mention are:
2020 - Legacies of Resistance by Rev. Stephanie May
2018 - #MeToo by Rev. Emily Wright-Magoon
2018 - I Believe You: Speaking, Reclaiming, Listening by Crystal Zerfoss
2017 - Roe v. Wade: A Complicated UU History of Reproductive Justice by Sadie Lansdale
2017 - What if God Were a Girl by Rev. Jordinn Nelson Long
2017 - Mentors in Head Scarves by Teresa Honey Youngblood