Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Put away your sword

Highlighting the Christian faith of today’s youth and the ways in which they integrate Jesus’ teachings into their lives, Maryknoll is sponsoring a student essay contest for grades 6-12. Winners will receive nearly $3,000 in scholarship money, as well as coverage in Maryknoll magazine and on the Maryknoll Web site.

The theme is taken from the Gospel of John (18:1-11), when Jesus told Peter, “Put away your sword.” Contestants should de-scribe a situation in the world today or in their own lives in which Jesus would say, “Put away your sword,” and explain what they would do to promote peace instead of violence. Essays must be 500-750 words. First place winners in each of two divisions will receive $1,000. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, Nov. 30, 2007. Instructions and a cover sheet are available here or at