An Anglican charity has announced a prize of £1,000 for the best 5000-word answer to ‘Why I am an Anglican and believe I shall remain so’. St Boniface Trust is running the competition which is open to both lay people and clergy of all ages. In a statement a spokesperson for the Trust said,
“The Trust feels that more attention needs to be paid to the understanding of Anglicanism as a distinctive witness in a time when its self understanding is at a low ebb.There is a degree of urgency and to further this understanding it is offering a prize of £1,000 which will go to the writer of an essay of about 5,000 words on the subject ‘Why I am an Anglican and believe I shall remain so’.Essay submissions by lay people and clergy of all ages must be received by 1 January 2012 and entries will be judged by 2 senior clergy. The result will be announced next Easter and the winning essay placed on our website together with other significant contributions.”The St Boniface Trust was established following the closure of St Boniface College, Warminster, originally a missionary training college. The Trust is a small charity established to advance the Christian religion in accordance with the principles of the Anglican faith in all parts of the world, especially for the provision of education and training of clergy and lay people by the award of scholarships and maintenance allowance or any purpose concerning their spiritual or temporal welfare.
Now, I know there are people in our diocese, steeped as we are in an ecumenical context, who could write a very engaging essay on this topic. If you are seriously interested in entering please contact the Trust secretary for further details. firstname.lastname@example.org or write to David Prior, Secretary, St Boniface Trust 4 Cley View, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8NS, UK.
Further information is available on the Anglican Communion Website.