2021 Peace Essay Contest Launched

The Peace Studies program at Bethany Theological Seminary is now accepting entries for its 2021 Peace Essay Contest. Made possible by the Jennie Calhoun Baker Endowment, the contest has a deadline of May 15, 2021. Essays should be 1500-2000 words and written in response to the following prompt: 

Civil Resistance and Nonviolent Social Change in an Increasingly Virtual World 

More than five decades after civil resistance movements worldwide, communities local and global continue to be threatened by state-sanctioned violence. From movements in opposition to police brutality in Nigeria led by #ENDSARS and in the United States organized by #BlackLivesMatter, to the farmer protests in India and the pro-Navalny movement in Russia, people are joining in solidarity to rise up and demand a better world. How can we create and participate in nonviolent social change in an increasingly violent — and virtual — world? 

The contest is open to students in high school, college, seminary, or graduate school. Prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500 will be awarded to the top three entries.  

Learn more or submit your essay here.