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Peace Essay Contest

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Write Peace!

A contest for high school, college, seminary,
and graduate school students

First prize - $2,000
Second prize - $1,000
Third prize - $500

Participants will submit a reflective essay
written in a public voice on the topic:

How do you relate everyday peacemaking with . . .

  • Art, music, or poetry
  • The Just Peace movement
  • Protest or change movements
  • Social Media
  • Interfaith efforts


WritingDiscuss how personal and local peacemaking efforts address universal concerns. Relate your experience to one of the categories listed above.

Deadline: January 27, 2014

The deadline has passed for submissions,
and so this form is now closed. 
All the best to those who entered!

DETAILS:  Peace Essay Contest Guidelines (pdf)

Submit entries here starting on January 1, 2014:

ENTRY FORM - Submit your essay now!

Contest made possible by the Baker Endowment in honor of Jennie Calhoun Baker

Kristy Shellenberger
(MA Connections)

KristyAs I enter my first year of study in the MA Connections program at Bethany, I find myself drawn to these two sets of words by Brian McLaren and Frederick Buechner. Being a woman who finds "deep gladness" in the combination of searching, struggling, and "questing" around the subject of the divine, I have found a home at Bethany: a home that provides the space and the people, the encouragement and the instruction