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Cornell Student Topical Sermon Contest

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Anabel Taylor Hall, Founders Room (ATH114) 548 College Ave

The 8th Annual Harold I. Saperstein '31 Cornell Student Topical Sermon Contest challenges you to address:
How can we find a modern sexual ethics?

How shall we treat each other?

Can employment be affliction free?

Sexual harassment has been in the news daily for the past several months.  The #metoo campaign on social media has revealed just how widespread it is.


All Cornell students, undergraduate and graduate, are invited and encouraged to participate.

Students should prepare and deliver a sermon of twelve to eighteen minutes (6-8 written pages) using the following guidelines:
All Sermons presented for the Contest will be video recorded.  After being used by the judges in their deliberations, the videos will be placed in the Cornell Archives.

A.  The sermons should include a scriptural source including but not limited to those listed below.

B.  Sermons should include a few words on Harold I. Saperstein '31 specifically his views on social justice, fairness and individual responsibility.

C.  Sermons should point to the issues facing sexual ethics today.

D.  Sermons should include some of the accomplishments of our honoree, Elizabeth "Beth" Garrett.

The contest winner will give their winning sermon at the Gala (Tuesday, 20 March), so they should bring all the material they need to give the sermon to the Gala.  The winner will not know who they are until the public announcement at the Gala, so all contestants should be prepare to give their sermon.

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Cornell United Religious Work, Other, Dean of Students, Student and Campus Life




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Janelle Hanson

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All Currently Registered Cornell Students

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