In the context of its 13th Assembly, the Conference of European Churches (comprising some 120 churches
and 40 organisations in Europe) is pleased to invite theologically-minded individuals up to the age of 30 to enter an essay competition.
‘In contemporary Europe pessimism abounds,’ writes the Rt Rev Richard Chartres in an article he wrote for a recent issue of CEC ‘Monitor’. We tend to get caught up in the present, and not take time to look to the future. And when we do, we may have many fears: about the sustainability of our environment, about the economy, about shifts of values, and many more. The future is uncertain. And yet hope is not simply an
expectation of things to come, but a conviction that what God promised will be fulfilled. As Christians we are united in the faith that, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, has given us new birth into a living hope. Faith engenders Hope, which engenders Love: hope is central to the three core values as set out in 1 Corinthians 13. Therefore we in Europe today are called to live in this hope, and to be inspired with new hope in all that we do.
The Assembly that will take place in Lyon has as its theme ‘Called to one Hope in Christ’. It is an attempt to draw all those participating in its process together in reflecting upon what
this call to hope means to us today and for the future of Ecumenism in Europe. It’s in this context that we invite you to reflect on the relevance of hope in our Europe, and participate in our Essay competition.
Entrants are asked to write a 2 page (1000 word) essay on the relevance of hope in Europe today today, with reference to the CEC Assembly theme, “Called to one hope in Christ”. (cfr. Eph. 4.4.) We hope that all the essays will address the question of what it means to live as people of hope in the Europe of today. The essays should highlight the ecumenical dimension of Christianity. They should include theological reflection, but should be aimed at a wider/ public audience. The essays should be written in English, French or German.
Three prizes will be awarded: First prize 1,000 €, second prize 600 €, third prize 400 € All three prizes also include participation at the 13th CEC Assembly in Lyon as guests. It is particularly hoped that the prize-winners would be available to attend the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday July 19th. The best essay(s) will also be published on the CEC website.
Competitors are asked to submit their essays, together with an entry form form, by 15 15th th February 2009, either electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by post (please enclose two copies of your essay, and a printed copy of the entry form) to:
Theological Prize Entries,
Conference of European Churches,
PO Box 2100,
1211 Genève 2
Winners will be announced and notified of their prizes on 31st March 2009.
Entry forms and further information about the 13th CEC Assembly are available on the Assembly website.
You may download here the announcement and the prize entry form as a PDF document.