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The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our February 2020 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on The dignity of bodies.
Description of the theme:
In 1 Corinthians 6, the Apostle Paul says “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you” and to “glorify God in your body.” Jesus, the Gospels tell us, was fully human and fully divine—God lived in a body. Today, it’s been said, the average American sees or hears 4,000-plus advertisements per day. Whatever the number, many of these ads reduce our bodies to broken vessels, not sacred temples. The messages in the ads are also echoed in faith communities and are an extension of a worldview of dualism that suggests the body is broken, while the Spirit is transcendent. Yet Paul suggests that not only is the body a container for divinity but is sacred space—a place worthy of dignity. We understand dignity to be about respect as well as worthiness. In this issue, we invite stories that communicate the dignity of all human bodies.
Submissions may consider one of the following prompts/questions, among others:
Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org 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 updated editorial guidelines.
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