Each year, 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.
2021 Sermon Award Winner
Congratulations to Rev. Anthony Makar, winner of the 2021 Sermon Award, for his sermon "Voices that Most Need to Be Heard." Anthony grew up in Alberta, Canada. He’s a former college professor of philosophy, and his lifelong passion is figure skating as a competitor and coach. Since 2019, he has been the Senior Minister of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Cleveland. Prior to that, he was the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta.
Read the winning sermon here.
Prior Sermon Award winners are listed below. Click on the sermon title to download a PDF.
2020 - Georgia Blew My Mind in 2019: Moving Past Dreams to Action by Marta Varee Pearson
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:
2021 - If We Don't Get It: Imagining Womxn's Liberation by Nicole Pressley
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