Applications are now being accepted for the 2022 Sylvia Michel Prize, which promotes and supports projects preparing women for leadership positions in Reformed churches worldwide.
The prize of US$5000 is awarded every two years by the Reformed Cantonal Church of Argovia in Switzerland in cooperation with the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). The jury consists of the women presidents of the Reformed Churches of Switzerland and WCRC’s Executive Secretary for Justice and Witness.
Entries are accepted from the following:
The prize is awarded to a project already in progress which has one or several of the following goals:
The application form must be completed and submitted by 31 January 2022 with a budget of the project and official endorsement by the church.
The prize was established to honour Sylvia Michel of the Reformed Church of Argovia who as first woman in Switzerland was to hold the position of president of a church. After completing her theological studies, Sylvia Michel was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1964. In 1980 she was elected as President of the Reformed Church of the Canton of Argovia and became the first woman in Europe to hold such a high-level position.
In thankful commemoration of her pioneer work and for the competence with which women sustain and lead churches, the Sylvia Michel Prize was launched in July 2007 by the Reformed Cantonal Church of Argovia in partnership with PanKS and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (now the World Communion of Reformed Churches).