Enter the 2020 Theology Slam competition

Theology is exciting. It is about God’s word, God’s world and God’s people. It is vitally important for the church to nurture young Christians into thinking, speaking and writing about God and the world, and it is even more important that the Church listen to their voices. #TheologySlam encourages us to do just that: listen to God, listen to the world, and listen to the voices emerging within the Church, so we can join into God’s work in the world today.

Archbishop Justin Welby


Theology Slam is back, continuing its search for the most engaging young voices on theology and the contemporary world. Judged by some of the top theologians and communicators in the Christian world, Theology Slam aims to encourage a new generation to think theologically about the world around them – and to encourage the church to listen to what they have to say.

Open to anyone aged 18-30, the Slam consists of a qualifying round and a live final.


Application process

To apply, please complete the form below where you will also find space to upload your video, and type your 500 word entry. Video files should be submitted in either .mp4 or .mov format. The file name of your video should be your surname followed by ‘.mp4’ or ‘.mov’.

Entry deadline: 11.59pm - 5 January 2020

Finalists will be notified via email by the end of January. Speaker training will then take place at a mutually convenient time in February.

If you have any questions, do get in touch at theologyslam@hymnsam.co.uk

Your 500-word piece should:

  • Explore the topic at hand from a theological perspective
    • You’re welcome to pick a specific area relevant to the broad topic, or explore the topic as a whole
  • Be relevant to everyday life
    • What does engaging with your topic theologically mean for Christian disciples in day-to-day life?
  • Consider the topic from an explicitly Christian worldview
    • You should adhere to the understanding of faith as set out in the Apostles’ Creed
  • Be suitable for expansion into a ten-minute talk
    • Should you be shortlisted for the final, you will present your essay on stage to the judges & audience
  • Not include footnotes
    • This is not an academic essay!

Your introductory video should:

  • Be no more than 90 seconds long
  • Introduce who you are
  • Explain why you are interested in the topic you have chosen


Theology Slam topics (choose one):

  1. Theology and on-demand services
  2. Theology and populism/nationalism
  3. Theology and masculinity
  4. Theology and celebrity
  5. Theology and #MeToo
  6. Theology and the environment
  7. Theology and race
  8. Theology and mental health
  9. Theology and friendship
  10. Theology and work
  11. Theology and disability
  12. Theology and austerity


Application form

Your Details

University/College attending/attended (optional)
Telephone (optional)

Your Entry

Upload Introductory Video
How did you hear about Theology Slam?
Chosen Topic
Type or paste your 500 words into the box below

Terms and Conditions:

The competition begins on 1 November 2019, and is open for entries until 5 January 2020. Only one entry is permitted per person. You are not permitted to enter if you work for or are directly related to anyone who works for Lambeth Palace, LICC, SCM Press, or Church Times. There is no cash alternative offered for the prize(s). Applicants from throughout the UK are accepted, and Theology Slam will cover up to £100 worth of travel and/or accommodation expenses for the finalists. All finalists must attend the live event on the evening of 26 March 2020. By applying to Theology Slam, you consent to the use of your name, photo, and details relevant to the competition (e.g. age, city) for marketing purposes. The promoter is SCM and they will own the copyright to any entries submitted.

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