Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of five columns written by Ron Byler, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. executive director, to mark 100 […]
The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our December 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on The unexpected.
Description of the theme:
Scripture contains stories of God moving in people’s lives in unexpected ways. In the Old Testament, Joshua 2 tells how God used Rahab to save a pair of spies and, in turn, save Israel itself, not a role she or others were expecting her to take. In the New Testament, Luke 1 tells how Mary receives the unexpected news from the angel Gabriel that she would bear a child who would be the Son of God, the Messiah. Jesus is not the Messiah the people of Israel had for generations been praying for, and most of his miracles were surprising, miracles that were sometimes followed by these unexpected words from Jesus: Do not tell anyone. Scripture repeatedly shows that God spoke to and through unexpected people in ways that were powerful and not what anyone expected. This issue of The Mennonite is focused on when the unexpected happens in our lives and our responses to it. Experiences of the unexpected often disrupt our lives and may contain positive and negative elements; we as editors encourage the incorporation and naming of the complexities of life.
Submissions may consider one of the following prompts/questions, among others:
Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org 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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