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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      765- 983-1809


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