Advancing justice for women and girls and promoting their spiritual growth

Sermon Award

2019 Sermon Award Submissions Accepted

The Power of We: Women’s Voices for Justice


Since 2016, there has been a resurgence in recognition that those who identify as women continue to be treated with inequality in our culture. Issues of unequal pay, leadership expectations, reproductive justice, and sexual assault are in the spotlight, as they have been in previous decades.

There is growing awareness that issues women face are similar to issues of other oppressed groups, while also different. We are faced with the need to have our issues addressed as we support the efforts of others, creating a unified and intersectional voice to counter all forms of oppression. How do we address the insidious, as well as the obvious, manifestations of gender injustice? How do we confront hierarchical structures that, by their assumptions and reasoning, do not take into account other ways of understanding and living?

Over half of UU congregants identify as women and girls. There is power in numbers that we have not fully harnessed. There is power in “we” that does not mean excluding others, but means finding paths to unite our voices for justice and equity.

We invite UU religious professionals and lay people of all identities and genders to share your voice, 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 in 2019. We have assembled a judging panel of UU professionals and lay leaders.

The winner of the sermon award receives $600 and will be invited to share their sermon at the annual UUWF Breakfast, held in the morning of one of the days at the General Assembly 2019 in Spokane, WA. If the winner is unable to attend GA, they will be asked to choose a person to deliver the sermon for them.

Submit your materials – as indicated below – by email to with the subject line “UUWF Sermon Award”. The deadline for entries is March 20, 2019. Submissions should either be Microsoft Word documents or Adobe PDF documents. Due to the need for applicant anonymity, only written sermon text will be accepted. You will receive confirmation of submission within 24 hours and of the final award decision by early April.

1. Cover page with your name, address, phone number, email address, sermon title, and the date and location where you delivered the sermon.
2. Sermon with title and numbered pages. Please remove any identifying information (e.g. name, congregation).


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