Moving Forward Together: Visions of Young American Ecumenists



On behalf of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), NCC President Elect Kathryn Lohre is calling for essays written by emerging ecumenists ages 35 and younger.  Essays must address the theme, ďMoving Forward Together: Visions of Young American Ecumenists.Ē Selected essays will appear in an anthology that will be presented at the NCC CWS Ecumenical Centennial Gathering in November 2010.



This project is intended to cultivate emerging ecumenical leaders, and to increase the visibility of the work of the NCC, and its currency among younger generations. It is also intended to provide a resource for intergenerational dialogue.



Essays should focus primarily on one of the themes listed below, and should seek to convey the authorís ecumenical vision in both theological and practical terms.




         The Economy/Cultures of Greed

         Christian Identity and Interfaith Relations

         Overcoming Violence/Living in Peace

         Overcoming Poverty

         Overcoming Racism

         Overcoming Sexism/Gender Justice



Any individual can submit an essay, provided that all of the following conditions are met. 


1.  The essay must:

  • be written by an author who is 35 or younger
  • address one of the essay themes described above
  • follow the format requirements,
  • be submitted before the deadline,
  • be accompanied by a signed submission form,
  • otherwise meet the requirements described in this Call for Submissions. 

2.  Limit of one essay per author. 

3.  The author must own all rights to the submitted essay.


Entries that do not meet the eligibility requirements will be disqualified.




Essays may not exceed 5,000 words, including notes, and should follow The Chicago Manual of Style.  Text must be left justified and double-spaced and include simple headings (also left justified) that orient the reader to the text. Please use Times New Roman 11 point font.  Essay title and subheadings should be in bold.  The essay must include the authorís name, address, and email contact information. 



Essays must be accompanied by a signed copy of the Essay Submission Form.  The form collects information about the essay author and the essay, and requires the author to grant permission for NCC to use the essay in all printings and editions of the anthology.  All other rights are reserved by the Essay Author.



To be eligible for the anthology, the complete submission (manuscript and signed submission form) must be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form:

1.  A hard copy of the complete submission must be either faxed to 617-496-2481 or mailed to: Kathryn Lohre, c/o The Pluralism Project, 2 Arrow Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.

2.  A copy of the complete submission must be emailed as an attachment to Kathryn Lohre at


The complete submission must be received in both hard copy and electronic form by May 1, 2010, 12 PM EST



NCC has sole responsibility for determining the selection criteria and the number of selected essays, and for selecting the essays from among all eligible essays. NCC anticipates that approximately 10 essays will be selected for use in the anthology.     NCC intends, but is not obligated, to publish the anthology. 



Essays will be selected on or before June 1, 2010, and the author of each selected essay will be notified shortly thereafter.  Essays that are not selected will be held confidentially and returned to the author by June 30, 2010.



Questions should be addressed to Kathryn Lohre at Please share this call for submissions with the young ecumenists in your networks!