About the contest
There is a $1,050 cash award that will be administered to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners. However, participation is less about the monetary prize, and more about creating awareness on PACS and social justice issues a student cares about and incorporating Christian lenses into it.
For questions, please contact Ndagire Brendah, the PACS Academic Advisor.
See videos of the past winners below.
All residents or associates of Conrad Grebel University College, as well as students who are enrolled in a PACS program, are invited to participate in the contest.
- Speeches should follow the general theme of the application of the Christian peace position to contemporary concerns. Sample topics might include pacifism, economic peacemaking, religious conflict and reconciliation, women’s issues as peace issues, biotechnology, and Christian ethics, how to work against racism (and all isms) from a faith perspective, environmental concern through the eyes of the peacemaker, etc (topics are not limited to these suggestions).
- Speeches should not be longer than 1500 words. Not more than 10% may be quoted material.
- Speeches should not be longer than 12 minutes in duration.
- Speeches will be judged on six criteria: topic, content, delivery, introduction, conclusion, and creativity.
- On the day of the contest, a copy of each speech must be submitted to the judges after it has been delivered.
- The 1st place speech will be sent to the bi-national contest to compete with speeches written by students from across North America. The top three orations at the binational level will also receive an additional cash award.
- A PDF copy of the speech manuscript should be submitted to the PACS Academic Advisor to be submitted to MCC USA.
2022 Contest Winner, Abigail (Abi) Kowalski
2020 Contest Winner, Catherine Bergs
"Passivity Was Never A Virtue"
2019 Contest Winner, Matthias Mostert
"A Relational Response to Homelessness"
2018 Contest Winner, Amelia Marfisi
"Rethinking Reconciliation: Searching for Truth"
2016 Contest Winner, Charity Nonkes
"The Three E's of Peace"
2015 Contest Winner, Kenny Hildebrand
"Christianity and Accessibility"
2014 Contest Winner, Brendan Coady
2013 Contest Winner, Jacob Winter
"What's Your Problem?"
2012 Contest Winner, Caleb Redekop
"The Church needs to 'Occupy'"
More Previous Winners:
2011 Winner, Stephanie Chandler - Pacifists Waging War: The War on Homosexuality
2010 Winner, John Wray - Seeing the Human in the Human
2009 Winner, Sara Brubacher - Planting Olive Trees: Giving a Voice to the Voiceless
2008 Winner, Leah Reesor - Giving and Receiving: Exploring the Spirituality of Service
2007 Winner, John Wray - Banana Workers and Involving Anger in the Christian Peace Position
2006 Winner, Tobin Reimer - Solidarity with Today's Poor
2005 Winner, Sarah Loewen - Forgiveness: An Act of Peace