Research Competition

Lutheran Archives is inviting young people to research and record their congregation’s story since Church Union in 1966.

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Cash prizes will be awarded for senior (13-16 years) and junior (12 years and under) students in two categories: written report and multimedia presentation.

The competition is being championed by Ev Leske, son of the late Pastor Ev Leske, who wrote the ‘textbook’ about Lutherans in Australia since 1838, For Faith and Freedom. The title of this seminal book was the inspiration for the tagline for the 50.500 initiative, Faith.Freedom.Future.

‘The 50th anniversary of the union of the ELCA and UELCA – the birthday of the LCA – is a wonderful opportunity to engage our young people in the life of our church’, says Mr Leske, chairperson of the Committee of Lutheran Archives, and a classroom teacher or principal in Lutheran schools since 1979.

‘This year we can look back with thanks to God for his faithfulness and guidance as we have journeyed together as one church these past 50 years. At the same time we can look forward with our children and grandchildren to the LCA God is building for them and through them.’

The Lutheran Archives competition is challenging young people to submit entries under the heading ‘My congregation – past, present and future’. Their reports or multimedia presentations will document the changes that have occurred in their congregation over the past 50 years, and also will consider what their congregation might look like in the future. They will gain extra merit for using material collected from interviews and if they contact Lutheran Archives for assistance with their research.

Mr Leske stresses, too, that the Lutheran Archives’ records are available to congregation members, young and old, for research at any time, not only for this competition.

‘This is the perfect time to collate your congregation’s records and record its history’, he says, ‘and who better to do that than your young people’.

Young people from all LCA congregations may enter the competition, including those from congregations established after Church Union.

Download Competition Flyer

Competition Winners

Senior Section – 13 to 16 years

Alex Osborne and Eden Bishop from Morley, WA

‘A history of Bethlehem Morley: 1969 – 2016’  (589.15 MB MPG video file)

Junior Section – 12 years and under

Levi Podlich from Bethany Lutheran Church and School, Raceview, QLD

‘Bethany History’  (15.1 MB PowerPoint presentation)

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