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Bethany Peace Essay Contest

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Inspired and Inspiring Peacemakers

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

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

 We invite contestants to write an essay in a public voice on a person they consider an inspired and inspiring peacemaker. The theme of the 2016 Bethany contest is intended to be inclusive and expansive in terms of possible topics. Contestants may essay on a familiar peacemaker like Martin Luther King or Wangari Maathai or cover lesser known figures such as Ted Studebaker, Leymah Gbowee, or Ella Baker. We also welcome writing on peacemakers whose stories have not yet been told.

Words like inspired and inspiring have fallen out of fashion for many in an era of cynicism and the politics of realism. Yet we remain fascinated by the spiritual and social sources of inspiration. How and why are some individuals inspired and inspiring? The World Council of Churches' An Ecumenical Call to Just Peace has defined peace building and seeking cultures of peace under four broad categories: peace in the community, peace with the earth, peace in the marketplace, and peace among the peoples. We encourage essays on individuals whose vision, voice, and work inspire peacemaking in any or all of these categories.

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


Deadline: January 25, 2016

DETAILS: Peace Essay Contest Guidelines (pdf)


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

Brian Mackie
Master of Divinity '07

BrianSometimes it takes looking back to see God's leading in life. I graduated from Bethany in May 2007 and realized that God led my entire theological training. In the summer of 2002, however, it was a little tougher to see where it was going.

I realized my call to full-time ministry and knew it was to journey into the educational training part of my call. My campus pastor and I had several conversations about this next step. I fasted and prayed and sought the Lord but had no clear answer by the end of the fast. As I was preparing to break my fast, the Lord asked me, "What is the desire of your heart?" I replied, "Oral Roberts University."