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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
 

Larry Taylor
(MDiv Connections)

LarryOriginally, I was ordained to ministry by the Lewiston Church of the Brethren (Minn.) and later went on to earn a PhD in psychology, and am now a third year Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Bethany. Having been a church planter for several decades, a Bible college director for a half-dozen years, and a pastoral psychotherapist for a lengthy season, I felt attracted to explore the possibility of hospital chaplaincy because of the challenges afforded me in Bethany's ministry formation classes, which were the catalyst to deeper understanding, broader theological reflection, and openness to the call of God.