Sustainability Sermon Challenge

2011 Sustainability Challenge Finalists

Top Finalist: Jarrod Caltrider '09 - Read Sermon

Finalist: John Dameron '95 - Read Sermon

Finalist: Rob Rafferty '97 - Read Sermon

Books on the subject of ecological sustainability and care of God’s creation have been placed in the Annie Merner Pfieffer Library in honor of each of the two finalists and the top finalist, Jarrod Caltrider, WVWC Class of 2009. Jarrod currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA where he is in his third year of study for a Master of Divinity degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. We look forward to Jarrod’s return to campus during the spring semester, when he will have an opportunity to preach his sermon in a weekly Chapel Service, followed by a lunchtime “Talk Back” with students, faculty and staff at the French See Dining Center.

Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Life, edited by Joel James Shuman and L. Roger Owens Given in honor of Jarrod Caltrider, Class of 2009 Winner of the 2011 Alumni Sustainability Sermon Challenge

Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology, edited by Bauman, Bohannon, and O’Brien Given in honor of John Dameron, Class of 1995 Finalist in the 2011 Alumni Sustainability Sermon Challenge

Food & Faith, by Norman Wirzba Given in honor of Rob Raffety, Class of 1997 Finalist in the 2011 Alumni Sustainability Sermon Challenge

The top three finalists from 2010 were:

#1 Chett Pritchett ’99 Sustained by Faith”
Chett is the Lay Leader of Dumbarton United Methodist Church in the District of Columbia and is a manager for Cokesbury Bookstores. He is also a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, where he wrote his Master’s thesis on religion and ecological ethics. In his honor, “Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible” by Ellen F. Davis, has been donated to the library collection.
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#2 Rev. Stephen W. Burgess ’66 “Beyond the Gates of Eden”
“ Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight” by Norman Wirzba
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#3 Christopher Tweel ’99 A sermon utilizing Luke 12:48, Philippians 2:3-5 and other scripture
“Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread” edited and compiled by Michael Schut
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Thanks to the Alumni Office, books honoring all those alumni have participated in this first Sermon Challenge have been added to the library collection. Bookplates will be placed in each book with the name of the alumnus and the occasion of the gift.

2010 Honorable Submissions

Susan Condy ’00 A sermon utilizing Psalm 27, Matthew 25, and Job 14:7-9 and other scripture “Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education” by Michael Pollan
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Martha Alderson ’64 “God’s Work of Art”
“Learning the Language of the Fields: Tilling and Keeping as Christian Vocation” by Daniel Deffenbaugh
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Rev. Dr. E. David Dubois ’49 “God is in Creation”
“The Way of Ignorance: And Other Essays” by Wendell Berry
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The 2012 Alumni Sustainability Sermon Challenge will be announced in September with a March 2011 deadline.