2017 Peace Essay Contest

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The West Suburban (Chicago) Faith-Based Peace Coalition is sponsoring a Peace Essay Contest with a $1,000.00 award to the winner, $300 for the runner-up, and $100 for third place. Essays have to be directed to a person who can help promote knowledge of the Kellogg-Briand Pact (KBP) and, from whom a response is expected. Essays will be judged not only on the quality of the essay but on the impact of the response. Everyone is eligible to participate; there are no restrictions regarding age or country of residence. Participants are required to take the following 3 steps:

1.To enter the contest send a Peace Essay
Request email to coordinator Frank Goetz at frankgoetz@comcast.net. Provide your Name, Mailing Address, Email Address, Phone Number, and, if under 19, Age. Also, provide the Name and Position of the person or persons to whom the Essay will be directed. Your application acceptance as a contest participant will be acknowledged in an email containing your assigned 4-digit Essay Number. [If information is missing or confusing you will be contacted by email or phone.]

2.In 800 words or less write your essay on: How Can We Obey the Law Against War? As soon as possible but at least by April 15, 2017 send the essay to the person named in your application and a copy to frankgoetz@comcast.net with your Essay Number in the Subject line.

3. By May 15, 2017 send Essay Response documentation to frankgoetz@comcast.net with your Essay Number in the Subject line.

Some examples of impact:

  1. The President agrees to explain the limitations placed on the government by KBP.
  2. A member of Congress supports a resolution to make August 27 a Day of Reflection.
  3. The ACT or SAT administration agrees to include questions regarding KBP.
  4. A newspaper includes a KBP story.
  5. A school board revises its curriculum to expand KBP studies.
  6. A religious leader calls for nonviolent actions.

We will announce the winners at a festive event honoring the 89th Anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact on August 27, 2017.

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks very much for posting this, David.

  2. I’m 85, and thoughout my life I have never experienced the pleasure of being or seeing a state of PEACe. The Bible says there is no peace and there never will be peace. Love is the Only realm that producing a form of peace and that is only between two people who become one in a perfect relationship of love. Please inform me if anyone comes up with a perfect plan that will result in a Peace.

    • You are absolutely right, Richard. We’ll never have perfect peace. And love must also be our prime motive in our struggle for justice. Silence and isolation, however, perpetuate injustice the world over. Writing a peace essay breaks the silence with love. Peace, Frank

  3. You are absolutely right, Richard. We’ll never have perfect peace. And love must also be our prime motive in our struggle for justice. Silence and isolation, however, perpetuate injustice the world over. Writing a peace essay breaks the silence with love. Peace, Frank

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