Thursday, September 1, 2011

Announcing our 2011 Finalists!

This year heralds Earth Ministry's 4th annual Celebration of St. Francis Creation Care Sermon Contest. Join us this year at Keystone United Church of Christ in Seattle on Saturday, October 1st at 4pm for four short and thought-provoking sermons by our finalists from around the nation.

Our finalists offer their inspired call to care for God's creation because they believe in the work of Earth Ministry. The sermon contest is a fundraiser to support the religious environmental work of Earth Ministry. Admission is free, but we need you to show up and vote with your dollars to select the winners of this year's sermon contest.

Our 2011 finalists are:

Paul Graves, Sandpoint, ID
Did Francis Have a Weed-Whacker?

Rev. Stephanie Johnson, New Haven, CT

Bill Scarvie, Bainbridge Island, WA
Changing Forms of Light


Gil Waldkoenig, Gettysburg, PA
Margins and Hope

Two awards will be presented: The People's Choice Award will go to the contestant with the highest number of votes as indicated on the donation ballot. The Franciscan Philanthropist Award will go to the contestant whose votes raise the most money in support of Earth Ministry's work and mission.

In addition to these great sermons, members of Earth Ministry's forty-four Greening Congregations will be honored for their greening work. The sermon contest will be followed by a heavy hors d'oeuvres reception.

Please join us as we celebrate God's gift of creation!