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:
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?
We 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.
Contest made possible by the Baker Endowment in honor of Jennie Calhoun Baker
For more information about the Bethany Peace Essay Contest, contact:
Rebekah Houff, Coordinator of Outreach Programs
email@example.com 765- 983-1809
Scott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology and Culture and
Director of Peace Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies