Congratulations to the winners of the Washington Theological Consortium Student Board Essay Contest!
We received 21 entries–a large number for the first year of a contest! The essays were judged by a panel of faculty experts in ecumenism, all of whom are affiliated with the Ecumenism Committee of the Consortium’s Board of Trustees. This was a blind judging process: the judges were not given any information that would identify the contestants.
The essays were evaluated both on their ecumenical content/ potential for advancing Christian unity, and on their scholarship/ publishable quality. Because of a tie, the judges awarded four prizes instead of the three prizes that were originally planned. The winners, in alphabetical order by title, are:
Love’s Dynamic Attunement: A Theological Aesthetic Perspective of “Assurance of Salvation” by Brother Ignatius Schweitzer, OP, of the Dominican House of Studies
Muslim Dispute Resolution in America: A Challenge of Religious Pluralism by Jane Juliano of Wesley Theological Seminary
Pastor Aeternus in Perspective: Vincent Gasser and John Henry Newman on Papal Infallibility by Jay Carney of the Catholic University of America
Yves Congar and Stanley Grenz on the Work of the Holy Spirit in the Church by Laurie Mellinger of the Catholic University of America
Congratulations to the authors of the winning essays, and to all who took part in the contest. Special thanks to the hardworking, anonymous faculty judges–you know who you are–Thank You! And thanks and congratulations to Katherine Case, Student Board Chair, and to all the members of the Student Board, who have really outdone themselves this year.