2017 Bethany Peace Essay Contest

Where do you see peace being built and made in the world?

The 2017 Bethany Peace Essay ContestWhere Do You See Peace?invites students to tell the story of a community, a person, or a movement that is addressing injustice and building peace in our world today.

The contest is open to seminary, graduate school, college, and high school students
who are fully enrolled in a program en route to a degree.
Prizes of $2000, $1000, and $500 will be awarded for the top three essays.

Young woman working on a laptop. View from above.This year’s topic is of the utmost relevance as our world continues to struggle with issues of racism, poverty, war, displacement, and so much more. Some have tried to deny the severity of these problems while many are facing the brunt of these problems in their own lives and communities. The needs for justice and peace are great, but often those working towards peace are ignored and resisted, and thus these problems continue to plague our world.

The prophet Jeremiah was familiar with this challenge of injustice and empathy when he chided the powerful in Israel for saying, “‘Peace! Peace!’, when there was no peace” (Jer 6:14). Attuned to the injustices of his time, Jeremiah wouldn’t allow his people to get away with covering up these problems, because God was capable of healing these wounds and bringing the people true peace (Jer 33:6).

It is hoped that participants will write passionately and creatively about questions such as the following: Where do you see people following Jeremiah’s call to resolve injustices, heal wounds, and build true peace in our world? What problems are the most pressing for our world to solve and bring peace with justice? Where do you see these problems and the other problems of our world and society being addressed? Who is doing God’s work of building peace? Essays that focus on a pressing issue in our world like racism, poverty, and war are encouraged, but a focus on other social issues that deserve wider attention is welcomed as well.

The Peace Essay contest is sponsored by Bethany’s Peace Studies program and is funded by the Jennie Calhoun Baker Endowment.