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/uploadedImages/News/Cropped_WebQuality101026_Mike_Pardee 003.jpg Dear Friends of the Boniuk Center:

We are excited to announce our new partnership with EZComics. Our first joint venture will be to co-sponsor a comic book contest—one for ALL ages to enter! Either iPads or iPhones will be awarded to the 4 grand prize winners. There is only one basic requirement for the subject matter content: promoting religious tolerance must be the main topic or theme for each comic book.

Comic Book Contest 2011-2012

Otherwise, each entrant is free to approach the required topic from any angle within this general tolerance-promoting theme. Illustrating, writing, and posting your comic book to the EZComics website are the only skills you need in order to participate.
Comic Book Contest Banner 2011-2012

Additional information about the contest and instructions for making and entering your book are available at both www.ezcomics.com and in the drop-down menu on our Boniuk Center website. We invite and encourage any and all submissions by our mid-February deadline!

So much for introducing our new collaboration with EZComics. The rest of this letter revisits new wrinkles and recent developments in our ongoing programs.

The Sacred Sites Quest:
Our 18 HS SSQ students have now concluded their site visits to 15 different places of worship in and around Houston. They have also garnered some interesting press coverage by Houston Chronicle blogger Farah Lalani in her Human Religion column at Chron.com:

Gurdwara 2011-2012 SSQ

For more comments from participating SSQ students in their own words, please see also this brief video posted on our Boniuk Center YouTube channel:  http://youtu.be/JvFtBt-WVuQ

Our thanks are due to professional videographer Ryan Small of Medley, Inc. for filming and editing these clips of a typical day of SSQ visits.

The Embracing Tolerance Essay Contest:

Our mid-January submission deadline will be here before we know it! All 2012 Embracing Tolerance essay entries are due at the Boniuk Center by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18th.

Our writing prompt this year asks HS students to craft an essay about how best to promote religious tolerance: “How would you engage young people, in particular, and your community, in general, in promoting religious tolerance?”

Essay Contest Framed Certificates 2011-2012

Additional information, answers to FAQs, and a pdf of the Entry/Registration form are all available as indicated on our website.

In light of the busy holiday season, this letter will close here—on the shorter side—at least for now. We wish all the best and a happy new year to you, your families, and all our friends near and far. We also look forward to being back in touch in January with another edition of the latest updates from the Boniuk Center.

Take care and fare well until then, everyone!
Yours truly,

Mike Pardee, Executive Director