Works of Love
November 27, 2017
While it is easy to ask young people to reflect on why in general their helping others benefits them in countless ways (see Rx: It's Good to be Good 2017; www.whygoodthingshappen.com), the bad news is that this perennial truth is easily overwhelmed by the purveyors of religious hatred who prey on youngsters. So, whether we are religious or secular, spiritual or materialist, it is necessary to encourage young people to connect authentic spiritual experience with kindness and compassion toward all people without exception. With this in mind, please bring our second annual essay contest to the attention of a young friend:
The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love Announces Its 2018 Youth Essay Contest
Describe Your Spiritual Experiences of Divine Love Directly and/or Through Others & How These Experiences May Have Increased Your Kindness and Compassion Toward All People
Due to the overwhelming success of The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love's first Youth Essay Contest, the Institute is pleased to announce a second essay competition for young people ages 13 to 15 and ages 16 to 19. The Institute is an inter-spiritual non-profit public charity founded in 2001 in Cleveland, Ohio, and currently based in New York, with a worldwide reach (www.unlimitedloveinstitute.org).
There will be a grand prize of $1,000 and a second place prize of $300 in each of our two age groups (13-15, 16-19).
Honorable Mention: In addition, 5 essays in each age group will be designated "Honorable Mention" which carries no prize but is a mark of distinction to be acknowledged with a certificate of excellence.
II. Due Date
February 1, 2018, midnight local time
III. Essay Length and Structure
Essays should be in the range of 700 words for 13-15 year olds, and 1000 to 1200 words for 16-19 year olds, double-spaced, and written in English.
IV. Selection Process
An international panel of Institute advisors will select the winning essays, which will be published on the Institute's special auxiliary website and included in a forthcoming book.
We encourage submissions from young people of any religious tradition (or from none) who can report a transformational spiritual experience of Divine love.
Note: Divine love is not mere human love. It is a Higher Love, associated with a Supreme Being, Allah, "God," Ultimate Reality, the Great Spirit, the Holy Spirit, Om, or whatever name you prefer. There are people who experience Divine love directly, and others who experience is as working through others in surprising ways as if in answer to a prayer. We are interested in the details of your personal experience of Divine love, in how these experiences may have helped you to realize the dignity and value of all people without exception, and in how these experiences may have increased your kindness and compassion toward all people.
Unfortunately, in some places around the world religious hatred is found in children as young as four years of age, and religious persecution and violence is on the rise. We want to encourage youth to help us find a path to a future where Divine love for all humanity replaces hatred, brutality, and violence.
Directions for Essay Submission
Essays should be submitted by February 1, 2018 midnight, local time, as an email attachment in a standard Microsoft Word document format only (we do not accept Google Docs). Send your essay attached to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send any questions to this address.
In the Subject Line of your email, state "2018 Youth Essay Contest [last name] [first name] [email address]"
Example: "2018 Youth Essay Contest Smith Jane email@example.com"
Your attached Word document essay should be named and saved in the same way, but add your age as of February 1, 2018.
Example: "2018 Youth Essay Contest Davis Jonathan JD@yahoo.com Age 16"
Please also fill out the form on page 3 of the contest flyer
Thanks very much.
Stephen G. Post PhD President
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