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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
 

John Smith
(MDiv Connections)

classMy wife Barbara and I first visited Bethany in June 2009. After spending two days meeting with faculty and staff I returned home even more uncertain. Did I really want to devote the time this program required? Was I willing to learn computer skills that didn't even exist when I finished college in 1972? Was I willing to make the eight-hour drive that would occasionally be necessary? Was this really what God was calling me to do at this time in my life? From the very beginning, I came as I am, but went not as I came. Little did I know how this Bethany tag line would time and time again ring true for my educational experience.