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Theology Of The Body Essay Contest

Theology of the Body for Teens is a brilliant curriculum. It is so successful because it speaks to the teens without sacrificing the beauty and power of the message. » Read More
— Christopher West, Best-selling author of Theology of the Body for Beginners & Theology of the Body Explained

I enjoyed and highly recommend the Theology of the Body for Teens Training to every middle and high school teacher, coach and youth minister. This message can only strengthen and empower young people to be the best they can be. » Read More
— Maryann Schieve, Youth Ministry Coordinator, Saint Helena Parish, Blue Bell, PA

Brian Butler and Jason & Crystalina Evert have created an amazing resource in Theology of the Body for Teens to guide teens as they explore their deepest desires: to love and to be loved. » Read More
— Suzanna K., San Diego, CA

Theology of the Body for Teens is just what youth ministers have been waiting for. It’s a resource that facilitates the teaching of the wonderful message from John Paul II in a way that teens can understand. » Read More
— Marissa Esparza, Director for the Office for Youth Ministry, Diocese of San Diego

You guys did an terrific job translating John Paul's amazing vision so that it touches the very heart of a teenager. And from a teacher's point of view...the book is a dream!! The way it's organized and the supplemental offerings are perfect!!!! » Read More
— Colleen, High School Theology Teacher, Boston, MA

Those who attended [the workshop] became instrumental in leading small group discussions and getting other high school students to attend the program. The success of our program was greatly assisted by the workshop from Ascension Press. » Read More
— Father James Dean, Pastor, Our Lady Queen of Mercy Catholic Church, Mobile, AL

I really enjoyed the training day and I am looking forward to more videos. The more we get great speakers in front of teens, the better. Attending this training gives me the hope that we are on the right path. » Read More
— Nora Bowie, St. Elizabeth Parish

Brian Butler... has an awesome ability to engage his audience in the learning process, while intertwining catechesis with his own personal experience. This is JP II's personalism at work!! » Read More
— Rachelle Sauvageau, Director, Respect Life Office, Diocese of Fargo

Week by week I am watching the self esteem of these beautiful young people develop as they come to realize that they are valuable, they are good, and their sexuality is holy! » Read More
— Joeline Chipps, Teacher, Theology of the Body for Teens, Archdiocese of Indianapolis

In an age of sexual confusion, Theology of the Body (TOB) goes beyond "just say no" and gives teens something noble and beautiful to say "YES!" to - opening their hearts not only to a pure life, but the whole Gospel message. » Read More
— Christopher J. Stefanick, Director of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, Archdiocese of Denver

Where are the finest Christian theology professors of tomorrow?  They are in graduate school today!

The Louise and Richard Goodwin Writing Prize for Excellence in Theological Writing was founded in 2001 to recognize upcoming scholars in the theological field. The writing prize is awarded by the Board of Directors of Theological Horizons, a non-profit corporation fostering reflection and responsibility in the church, the community, and the academy. Award are given to essays that demonstrate:

  • creative theological thinking,
  • excellence in scholarship,
  • engagement with the Christian tradition, and
  • commitment to the well-being of the church.

Please email goodwinprize@theologicalhorizons.org for questions. The deadline for the 2018 prizes is June 1, 2018.

Click here for submission requirements.

2017 Prize Winners

The $2,500 prize has been awarded to Erin Risch Zoutendam (Duke University) for her essay, "The Body, the Heart, and Desire: Catherine of Siena's Theology of Tears."  

The $1,000 prize has been awarded to Daniel Eng (Cambridge) for his essay, “Jesus' Shameless Message: Honor and Shame in the Parable of the Prodigal Son and its Significance for Immigrant Care and Refugee Relief.”  

Kyle Potter (Marquette University) has been awarded $500 for his essay, “No Greater Love: Friendship as the Enactment of Charismatic Ecclesiology in the Small Asketikon of Saint Basil the Great. ”  

Past Goodwin Writing Prize Winners

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