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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

MP urges young people to enter ‘Faith in the World’ competition

8th February 2011
MP urges young people to enter ‘Faith in the World’ competition

Local MP, Gordon Henderson, is urging young people in Sittingbourne & Sheppey to enter a writing competition which could see them win a cash prize of up to £500.

The Faith in the World competition has been organised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who hopes to help young people explore the connections between issues of the day and the ideas and ideals associated with faith.

Young people are invited to submit an essay in response to one of the suggested titles for their age group. The age groups and prizes are:
 
• Ages 13 – 15 = £250 (800 words maximum)
• Ages 16 – 17 = £350 (1,500 words maximum)
• Ages 18 – 21 = £500 (2,500 words maximum)

All entries will be judged by Archbishop Rowan, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Cabinet Minister and Conservative Party Chairman; Benedict Brogan, Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph; the Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St. James’s, Piccadilly; and Jane Williams, theologian and author.

The winners will be invited to receive their prizes at a reception in Lambeth Palace. Winning and highly commended entries will be published on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website and extracts may also be published in The Daily Telegraph.

Mr Henderson said,

“I think this is an excellent initiative that will encourage young people to not only explore their view of faith, but also write about it.

“I urge my younger constituents to enter this competition as soon as possible as the closing date is 11th March 2011.”

More information on the competition and the entry form to accompany their essay can be found by visiting www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/3110.

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