NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize for
The Church Times invites its readers to submit their
choices for this award. The winner will receive £10,000.
Shortlisted authors will each receive £1000. Readers have until 12
June to submit their favourite new titles.
Both the shortlist for the award and the identity of the judges
will be made public at the Bloxham Festival of Faith and
Literature, in February 2016. The winner will be announced at the
Greenbelt Festival in August 2016.
The competition was launched in 2005 by Lord Williams, then
Archbishop of Canterbury, and is held every two to three years. The
award commemorates Lord Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1961
to 1974, who worked to increase theological understanding among
both the Christian and non-Christian population. The prize is
administered by the publisher SPCK, and is sponsored by the Lambeth
The purpose of the Michael Ramsey Prize is to celebrate and
encourage both the writing and reading of theology, with a special
focus on emerging theological authors. The hope is that publicity
surrounding the award, and especially the shortlist, will prompt
people to include theological works among their reading.
The winner of the 2013 prize was Luke Bretherton, for
Christianity and Contemporary Politics. The shortlisted
authors were Victor Lee Austin, John Gillibrand, Thomas Yoder
Neufeld, Paula Gooder, and Michael Lodahl. Earlier winners include
Tom Wright for The Resurrection of the Spirit in 2005,
Timothy Radcliffe for What is the point of being
Christian? in 2007, and Richard Bauckham for Jesus and the
Eyewitnesses in 2009.
Next year's award will be pres-ided over by the present
Archbishop of Canterbury, who will appoint the panel of judges and
award the prize.
The competition has a global reach, and accepts nominations of
works by non-British authors, on the one condition that they have
been translated into English. The organisers hope that this will
help to bring new and previously unknown authors to the forefront
of contem-porary theological debate.
The Church Times is the Michael Ramsey Prize media
Who is in your good books?
Justin Welby invites your nominations for the
2016 Michael Ramsey Prize
IT GIVES me great pleasure this month to open
nominations for the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize.
This will be my first occasion to preside over a process
that, thanks to my immediate predecessor, Archbishop Rowan, has now
become well-established as a prize for recognising the best
theological writing in the service of the Church.
As I do so, I am deeply conscious that I am walking in
the footsteps of a much esteemed predecessor, Archbishop Michael
Ramsey. On his memorial tablet in Canterbury Cathedral are
inscribed the words of Irenaeus: "The glory of God is the living
man and the life of man is the vision of God."
It is clear to me that the glory of God was tangible in
the person of Michael Ramsey, and that, through his work, a vision
of God was conceived profoundly and communicated
For myself, I was first inspired by him through
Chadwick's biography while at theological college, and I have
continued to be inspired by his writings ever since.
Best known among his works is probably his The
Christian Priest Today, written in 1972 and still in print;
but there are so many others to commend, not least his lectures on
an Anglican method in theology, in The Anglican
The Michael Ramsey Prize aims to celebrate the most
promising contemporary theological writing and to help more people
to enjoy it. I am looking forward to seeing the books that will be
nominated this year, and to exploring how they can help the Church
in thinking more deeply, acting more wisely, and witnessing more
effectively to the glory of God.
Along with a team to help with short-listing, as well as
a panel of judges who will make the final call, I am particularly
eager to see books that will help the Church to grow in the areas
of my three ministry priorities: of prayer and religious life; of
reconciliation; and of evangelism and witness. We are especially
keen for nominations from new authors, as well as books written or
published in the global South.
If you have read a book which meets these criteria,
published between 2012 and 2014, and you could recommend
enthusiastically, I warmly encourage you to make a nomination,
either online or using the form below.
How to nominate an author
IF YOU have read a
book published between 2012 and 2014 which has furthered your
understanding of theology, prayer, or the Christian life, you can
show your thanks to the author by nominating him or her. Please
take a minute or two to submit your nomination online - www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk/nominate -
or on the form, right, and post it to the Michael Ramsey Prize
Coordinator, SPCK, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4ST.
You are welcome to nominate more than one work. There will be a
prize draw among all who nominate a title. The winner will receive
a complete set of the shortlisted works. (Your contact details will
be used only for this draw, and won't be passed to any third
party.) Any enquiries about the competition should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further details can be found on the website.
Closing date for nominations: 12 June
Nominations should meet the following criteria:
• The book must have a living author;
• It must have been published between January 2012 and December
• It must have been written in, or translated into, English.
Works by more than three authors will not be considered.