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The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our May 2020 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on The presence of beauty.
Description of the theme:
God communicates through beauty—in nature, in art, in each other. Some say beauty can be seen in everything, if we look for it. Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, God’s beauty in flesh. As the body of Christ, our diversity reveals God’s beauty. Beauty can even be seen in difficult circumstances such as the loss of a loved one and in ordinary matters such as a meal with family. Visual art is less commonly used than other expressions in Mennonite church settings to express beauty. SaeJin Lee writes: “We excel at embodying our faith through sound in singing and preaching, but we have practiced our faith in worship less fully through the visual arts. They can be a powerful way of moving us beyond our heads and into our hearts.” In this issue, we invite stories describing where you have seen and experienced God’s beauty—in worship, in creation, in art, in relationships, as well as music and other multimedia that communicate beauty.
Submissions may consider one of the following prompts/questions, among others:
Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than April 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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