BIC youth invited to participate in MCC Public Policy Essay Contest

—Yesterday, the Washington (D.C.) Office of Mennonite Central Committee, the relief organization of Brethren in Christ and Mennonite congregations, issued the following invitation:

The Washington Office of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. is inviting submissions for its 13th annual high school essay contest.

This year’s grand prize is $300. Three honorable mention winners will each be awarded $100.

Students can choose to write on one of the following four topics: domestic violence; the wealth gap in the United States; global poverty; and faith, values and voting. All essays must be submitted by January 27, 2012.

“This contest provides a great opportunity for high school students to grapple with some of today’s most pressing social issues,” said Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, director of the Washington Office. “As a church, it is vital that we help our young people think about these issues from a Christian perspective.”

The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age, and to all youth who attend Mennonite high schools, in the U.S. Immediate family members of MCC staff or board members are not eligible for the contest.

More information, including instructions for where to send completed essays, is available at