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John Hines Preaching Award

Named in honor of the former Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, John Hines (VTS ’33), the award celebrates the ministry of preaching and its importance in our Church by recognizing outstanding sermons that are deeply grounded in scripture and focused on the seen and unseen needs of the worshipping community, the nation and the world.

For a complete list of previous recipients of the John Hines Preaching Award, click here

Preaching Award Guidelines

1. Who is Eligible? 
All Bishops, Priests, Deacons, and Laity of the Episcopal Church in America. Sermons preached outside the United States by clergy who are canonically resident in a diocese of the Episcopal Church USA and by lay people who are parishioners in an Episcopal Church USA congregation will be accepted as entries for the award.

2. What Type of Entries Are Accepted? 
The prophetic voice must be central within the sermon. Only one sermon per preacher can be submitted, and it should be in text form. Entries can be sent by email as a Word document attachment to HinesAward@vts.edu or by mail to the Seminary.

3. How Is the Winner Determined and Who Are the Judges? 
The John Hines Preaching Award Committee will evaluate and judge each entry without knowledge of the identity of the entrant. Entries should be sermons delivered to a congregation sometime between Advent 2018 and the end of the last Sunday of Pentecost 2019. Entries must be received by the Committee by January 15, 2020. The award recipient will be announced in Spring 2020.

4. What Is the Award? 
A cash prize of $2,000 will awarded to the winner for his/her use. 

5. When is the Presentation Made? 
The presentation will be made in the year that the award recipient is announced. It is hoped that the Awardee will be able to spend time at the Seminary, preaching and meeting with students, faculty, and alumni. The presentation of the award would occur at that time.
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