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2023 Archbishop’s Summer Essay Contest Announced

Newport Beach, CA—The Most Reverend Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, is inviting entrants to submit essays for the 2023 Archbishop’s Annual Summer Essay Contest.  Details of the contest are below.


In April 2023, 1,300 Anglicans from around the world gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) to chart a new course for Global Anglicanism. The final Conference statement (the Kigali Commitment) calls for “resetting” the Anglican Communion on the foundation of Biblical authority and classic Anglican principles of doctrine, discipline, and worship, as articulated in the Jerusalem Declaration (2008).

In an essay of no more than 2,500 words, please address, in your appropriate category, one of following questions:

[Priests/Deacons] You have chosen or been tasked to preach on the topic: “What does it mean to be a global Anglican today?” Choose a biblical text or texts and write the sermon.

[Lay Persons] You have been tasked by the clergy to present an adult forum on the topic: “How can we as a congregation participate in the wider movement of Global Anglicanism?” Introduce the topic “What is global Anglicanism?” and include practical steps for parish involvement.


·      The Clergy Category is open to priests and deacons within ACNA.

·      The Lay Category is open to lay persons who are active members in an ACNA church.


For Priests/Deacons Entrants

1st Prize $2,500 2nd Prize $1,500 3rd Prize $1,000

For Lay Entrants

1st Prize $2,500 2nd Prize $1,500 3rd Prize $1,000

·      All winners will receive a trophy and a letter of commendation from the archbishop.

·      First Place essays will be published on the ACNA website and as free digital downloads at

·      The top 3 essays within each category will be published on the Anglican House website.

·      Other winners may be selected for publication as well.


The Annual Contest is presented by Anglican House Publishers, a Ministry Partner of the Anglican Church in North America.


The contest will be judged in the blind by a panel of outside members of the Anglican House Board of Directors, i.e., board members who are neither officers of the ministry nor active in management.


Submissions will be assigned a numeric code to facilitate the blind judging process.


Essays will be judged on these points:

·      Insights

·      Balance

·      Clarity


Midnight EDT, August 31, 2023. Winners will be announced no later than November 30, 2023.


Entries will be accepted starting June 1, 2023.

Essays must be submitted as a Word document not exceeding 2,500 words.

Click on ESSAY CONTEST at for the Contest Rules. You will receive a confirmation acknowledge of your submittalThis will be the only confirmation of your entry.   Submissions arriving after the August 31, 2023 submission date will not be counted.


The Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, Interim CEO,

John P. McLaughlin, CFO,

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