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High school essay contest announced

Students can win up to $1,000 in our annual essay contest! 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 within the United States and Puerto Rico. A grand prize and three honorable mention winners will be named. The winner of the grand prize will receive $1,000 and the honorable mention winners will each receive $500.

Topics this year include:

  • The militarization of the police in the U.S.
  • Climate change
  • Re-entry: the challenges former prisoners face in returning to society

The deadline for submitting essays is January 22, 2016. Essays should be submitted to your nearest MCC regional office. 

Guidelines and topics | Resource list

Policy updates

Anti-“sanctuary city” bills: In the wake of a recent California murder, the House and Senate are debating bills to require local law enforcement to hold undocumented immigrants (regardless of whether they have been charged with a crime) or risk losing federal funding. Some of these bills also include a mandatory five-year minimum sentence for illegal reentry.

Family detention: On August 21, a federal judge in Californiaordered the Obama administration to release hundreds of children held in family detention centers “without unnecessary delay.” It is uncertain whether the administration will comply or if they will appeal and seek a stay of the judge’s order.

Palestine and Israel: Since August 17, the Israeli army has demolished at least 63 homes and structures across 10 Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank, where Israel maintains full civil and military control. The demolitions are being carried out against the backdroup of Israel's plan to "relocate" Palestinians from Area C. Thus far the only public response from the U.S. to the demolitions has been a statementby the State Department spokesperson.

Upcoming events

August 31-September 4 Join us this week for Days of Prayer for the Displaced in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Follow us on social media as we lift up different prayers each day to highlight the impact of this crisis. Share the prayers, stories, and scriptures using #Pray4HaitiDR.

September 20-26 Join us on the "Pipeline to Prison" learning tour in southeast Pennsylvania.  

September 21-25 will be the Week of Moral Action for Climate Justice in Washington, DC.

October 16 is World Food Day. More information coming soon.

Recent articles

Displaced and without a home (Haiti, Dominican Republic)

Profiting from prisons

Action alerts


Days of Prayer for the Displaced in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

The New Jim Crow Project - our office will provide resources to your congregation on criminal and racial justice.

Staff updates

We were delighted to host the senior class of Iowa Mennonite School on August 6 during their trip to Washington, D.C.