Lectureship Proposals

  • General Information
  • Proposals

General Information

The Minns Lectureship Committee invites proposals for challenging, innovative lectures of depth and appeal to ministerial colleagues and lay audiences within the Unitarian Universalist community and beyond. According to Miss Minns's will, the lectures are to be "upon religion or religious subjects, to be given by Unitarian Ministers of good standing." The committee is interested in a wide variety of religious topics: history, theology, spirituality, and all other aspects of the religious life, with an emphasis on creativity and progressive thought. Past lecture topics have included the Christian resistance in Nazi Germany, the rise of Unitarianism in Transylvania, psychological and spiritual healing in the contemporary church, and the religious voice of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Series Structure

In general, a lecture series consists of four to six lectures on a given topic, but the committee is flexible about the series format, having sponsored two three-lecture series in a given year and lectures given by six individuals.


The committee prefers to hold the lectures in Boston under the auspices of King's Chapel or the First Church, but it is open to holding them at any of the Unitarian Universalist divinity schools - Meadville/Lombard, Starr King, or Harvard - or at any other location if it has special significance to the topic and/or the lecturer.


Lectures are generally given in the spring, and proposals must be submitted by August 31 to be considered for the following spring. However, the committee welcomes proposals at any time and encourages prospective lecturers to apply for a future year if the August 31 deadline has passed.


Any lecture given under the auspices of the Minns Lectureship Committee will be published on this website, and the lecturer is expected to supply the committee with the text of the lecture in MS Word format. Separate, print publication of the lectures is subject to negotiation with the committee.


Lecturers receive $1000.00 per lecture, plus expenses.

Proposal Form

To be considered for the lectureship, submit a proposal and a work sample in MS Word or PDF format to the Minns Lectureship Committee by filling out and submitting the form below. The deadline for submissions is August 31 for a proposal to be considered for the following spring series. However, the committee welcomes proposals at any time and will consider them for future years. All proposals must include the following:

  • The title of the series and a paragraph describing the topic and how you plan to develop it.
  • The subtitles of the individual lectures, with one or two descriptive sentences about each one. A series would normally consist of six lectures, although shorter series will be considered.
  • Why the topic is important to you.
  • What research you plan to do in preparing for the lectures. The committee wishes to promote original, previously unpublished work.
  • The background and experience that qualify you for this work.
  • A copy of a sermon or article you have written (on any topic).

To submit a proposal to the committee, please email us at secretary@minnslectures.org, including your name and email address and attaching your proposal and a writing sample to the email. Please write "Minns Lecture proposal" in the subject line of your email.