Reflections Personal Essay Contest

My Jewish Mother, by Susan Flemr of Des Moines IA
When You Least Expect It, by Jeanne Guy of Austin TX
Radical Love, Allies, and Stepping Back, by Barbara Stark-Nemon of Ann Arbor MI

Congratulations to our winners!

In this Reflections competition, SCN members were invited to write personal, experienced-based essays on this topic:

Finding Common Ground. We each have unique traditions, customs, beliefs, and values, and we are encouraged to embrace those unique qualities. However, upon closer examination, people.especially women.can almost always find common ground with each other, no matter their race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, political bent, or upbringing.

In an essay of no more than 1200 words, tell us about an event or time where you encountered a person or group from who you felt very different. Show how finding common ground made it possible to come to some sort of consensus and agree to a workable solution for an issue. What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about community?

The winners receive cash prizes. Their essays are published in the SCN Journal and online. Click on the links above to read the winning essays.