Inspired and Inspiring PeacemakersA contest for high school, college, seminary,
and graduate school students
First prize - $2,000
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.
Second prize - $1,000
Third prize - $500
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, 2016DETAILS: Peace Essay Contest Guidelines (pdf)
For more information about the Bethany Peace Essay Contest, contact:
Rebekah Houff, Coordinator of Outreach Programs
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Scott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology and Culture and
Director of Peace Studies and Cross-Cultural Studies
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