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Bethany Peace Essay Contest

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

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

 

Participants are invited to submit a reflective essay written in a public voice on the topic:

Peacemaking,
Creation Justice and
the Beloved Community

The September 2014 People’s Climate March in New York City was one of the largest marches in American history, drawing participants from diverse political, religious, and cultural communities around a common cause. Could creation care and climate justice galvanize an inclusive, expansive social movement—one that pushes toward what Martin Luther King and Vincent Harding called “the beloved community”?  Could it push beyond culture wars? Could it contend with racism, sexism, and other forms of inequality and injustice?

writingWe invite contestants to write an essay in a public voice on peacemaking, creation justice, and the beloved community. Topics addressed may include but are not limited to:  creation care, a just peace with creation, indigenous communities’ rights, environmental racism, gender and ecology, creating a greener economy, creation-centered spirituality, forging alliances across the traditional “left vs. right” ideological framing of US politics, and forming interreligious and intercultural coalitions for the common good.

 

Deadline: January 26, 2015

DETAILS:  Peace Essay Contest Guidelines (pdf)

Entries for the 2015 contest are no longer being accepted

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


For more information about the Bethany Peace Essay Contest, contact:

Bekah HouffRebekah Houff, Coordinator of Outreach Programs
     houffre@bethanyseminary.edu      765- 983-1809

 

Scott HollandScott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology and Culture and
     Director of Peace Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies

     hollasc@bethanyseminary.edu        765-983-1814
 

Nick Miller Kauffman
Master of Arts

NickAfter four years at Manchester College, I found my thirst for knowledge was far from quenched. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in peace studies, but I didn't want to push on into the social sciences. With Bethany's master's degree in theology with a peace studies emphasis, I saw an opportunity to continue studying the peace and justice issues that so impassion me from the humanities perspective, and that I found so enlivening in my final year of college. Here I can study, learn, and prepare for whatever comes next. I am on first-name terms with a faculty that is committed to me--something that would be hard to find at a larger school. And I can see already that the same issues that excite me are exciting to my professors.