Patheos, On Faith Launch "Faith on Campus" Video Contest


DENVER - Nov. 12, 2009 -, the world's premier online destination for global dialogue on religion and spirituality, is calling on all students with a digital video camera to share their perspectives on their faith with the launch of a video challenge targeted at college students and young adults across the country.

"Faith on Campus" will be open for video submissions from Nov. 12, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010.  During that time, students can also promote their entries and encourage votes through the end of January.

To promote the contest, Patheos has partnered with On Faith, an online feature from The Washington Post and Newsweek, to advance the dialogue on religion and the critical issues of today.

"Patheos and On Faith are two of the leading sites in the world dedicated to driving the dialogue across the world's many faiths," said Leo Brunnick, CEO of Patheos. "In this partnership, we're shining a spotlight on young people and letting them show the world what their faith means to them."

A distinguished panel of judges will select the winning video submission, which will be awarded a cash prize of $2,500. Three runner-up prizes valued at $1,000 will also be awarded for the following three categories:

1.     Why I am a [fill in your faith]

2.     How I live my beliefs on campus

3.     Rituals and practices of my faith

A fifth prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the audience favorite, based on the audience vote at

The judges for the video contest include some of the most respected figures in today's conversation on religion:

·      William A. Graham, Dean, Harvard Divinity School

·      Craig Detweiler, Pepperdine University

·      Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, Blogger, Author, and Radio Host

·      Sally Quinn, Co-Founder, Washington Post‘s On Faith

For more information on the video contest or to submit an entry, visit the site's Web page at


About Patheos:

Founded in 2008, is the premier online destination to engage in the global dialogue about religion and spirituality and to explore and experience the world's beliefs. Patheos is designed to serve as a resource for those looking to learn more about different belief systems, as well as participate in productive, moderated discussions on some of today's most talked about and debated topics.

About On Faith:

As a global interactive online feature from The Washington Post and Newsweek, On Faith tackles one of the world's most pervasive yet least understood topics by offering varied perspectives and open dialogue. Each week moderators Sally Quinn of The Washington Post and Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham post a question for On Faith's more than one hundred panelists of varying faiths from around the world. The result is a global multi-denominational conversation that readers can join by offering their own opinions and by posting comments and questions at any time.

11/13/2009 5:00:00 AM