St. Andrew’s Poetry Contest: ‘And Who Is My Neighbor?’

State College, PA
March 1-May 1
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St. Andrew’s Poetry Contest: “And Who Is My Neighbor?”
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St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, State College, PA
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Poetry Contest
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Luke 10:25-29
Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

In this passage from Luke, Jesus is challenged with the question, “And Who Is My Neighbor?” In today’s world, where we are interconnected by accessible technology but deeply divided by issues of prejudice, competition for resources, power differentials, and strong differences of opinion and belief, how do we answer this question? Who is our neighbor and what does it mean to love them as ourselves?

Jesus answered this question with a story, the parable of the Good Samaritan.

We invite your response as a poem.

We are accepting submissions now through May 31. Cash prizes will be awarded and winning and selected poems will be published in an anthology. These writers and selected others will be invited to participate in a poetry reading as part of the Central PA Festival of the Arts on July 13, 2024. For more details, see our contest page at You can contact us at or 814-237-7659.