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Winners of Anglican House Publisher’s 2023 Essay Contest Announced

In May 2023, the Most Reverend Dr. Foley Beach, Archbishop and Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, invited 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 the 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 winner in the Clergy Category is:
The Venerable Canon Justin Murff

The Venerable Canon Justin Murff serves as the Archdeacon for International Affairs in the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy. He also serves as Canon to the Archbishop for Middle East and North African Affairs and is the Executive Director of the Anglican Office for Government and International Affairs.
Read his essay, “What Does It Mean to be a Global Anglican Today?

The winner in the Lay Category is:
Todd Milton

Todd Milton is the owner of Milton Construction Company in Appomattox, Virginia. He is a graduate of Radford University and continues to enjoy learning as an avid reader and reflective observer of life. A rookie Anglican, he is a member of Church of the Good Shepherd in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Read his essay, “An Anglican Walks Into Elevation Church

In addition to thanks and congratulations, each first-place winner will receive a trophy and a prize of $2,500.


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