Three Iowa students received scholarships funded through a special offering for their essays about peace.
The Peace with Justice Sunday offering is received in United Methodist churches annually to support ministries in each annual conference and around the world. One of the ways Iowa invests these gifts is through an essay contest to develop young leaders.
Each year the Iowa Board of Church and Society selects a topic to inspire and challenge young people to work for peace with justice. In 2012 students were invited to write on the topic, “The Road to Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians.” Jeffrey Critchlow from Carlisle, Britta Wilson from Urbandale, and Natalie Billenwater from Indianola each received a $500 award. Their essays are posted on the Iowa Conference website.
The contest is open to juniors and seniors in high school living in Iowa. The suggested date for receiving this year’s offering is May 26, 2013.
In addition to the student scholarships, the General Board of Church and Society awards grants to ministries that witness “to God’s demands for a faithful, just, disarmed and secure world.” Visit the GBCS website for more information about these opportunities.