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February 2019 Call for Submissions: Transformation

12.6. 2018 Posted By: The Mennonite

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our February 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Transformation.

Description of the theme:

While Valentine’s Day occurs annually in February and typically focuses on romantic love, there are other matters of the heart worth exploring. In Acts 2, Peter addresses a crowd and calls the first converts to follow Jesus. They said they were “cut to the heart” and asked, “What should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent.” Spiritual conversion, which is not relegated only to making a decision to follow Jesus, is one type of transformation. Other experiences of transformation can emerge from forgiving someone for a wrong done to you; a shift in a theological, social or political perspective; a change in attitude toward another person; an evolution in one’s understanding of a challenging life circumstance. We invite you to share stories of how you or community has experienced, or are experiencing, transformation.

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

  • How have you experienced transformation to more fully reflect God’s love? Tell us about it.
  • Has your perspective shifted on a theological or social issue? Tell us a story about what led to your shift in understanding and what impact that has had on you.
  • Family and partner relationships are not stagnant. How has heart transformation impacted your relationships? Tell us your story; be sure to have permission from others involved in your story.
  • Has your congregation’s mission transformed in a notable way? Explain what has shifted and how your congregation is now more fully participating in God’s love in the world.
  • How has your community transformed the way it shows support or love toward others?

Submissions are due to no later than Jan. 3.

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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