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December 2018 Call for Submissions: Good News, Great Joy

10.4. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our December 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Good News, Great Joy.

Description of the theme:

An angel of the Lord stood before the shepherds, and they were terrified. “Do not be afraid,” the angel says in Luke 1. “I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.” A Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, has been born. When have you experienced good news of great joy? Joy is from God, a deepseated emotion within our beings. Joy is not earned but is a discipline that needs attention and intention. Joy is the knowledge that God is always with us, and “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Perhaps you have experienced joy in pain, in sorrow, in loss, in fear. Perhaps you have experienced joy when the good news appeared in and through and among us.

Submissions may consider one of the following prompts/questions, among others:

  • Given that joy is a discipline, what practices have you used to develop and maintain it during times of suffering or fear? Share your practices with us.
  • When have you experienced the good news of great joy? Tell us your story.
  • What does the biblical text say about joy? Why and how do these Scriptures speak to you about joy? Provide context for your interpretation of the biblical text. (For example, our lived experiences often provide the lens through which we interpret the Scriptures. This can include an Anabaptist lens, a liberation theology lens, an evangelical lens or a womanist theology lens, among others.)
  • Where do you find joy? How do you share that with others?
  • Tell a story of how you have experienced joy around the celebration of Jesus’ birth given that his birth occurred in the midst of Jewish suffering at the hands of the oppressive Roman Empire.
  • Who do you identify with in the story of Jesus’ birth? How does this connect with your life experience?

Submissions are due to no later than Nov. 1.

We welcome articles—personal stories, biblical or theological reflections, stories about your congregation, and more (800-1,200 words)—as well as original photography, videos and artwork on the theme. Please note we are committed to anti-oppression reviews as part of our editorial process. When developing your submission, please review our updated anti-oppression guidelines as well as our editorial guidelines.

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