November call for submissions: Fidelity of Place

The Mennonite, Inc., welcomes your original submissions and contributions for our November 2016 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on the idea “Fidelity of Place.”

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In a 2014 letter to Bethel College’s academic dean, Brad Born, Mennonite thinker and former college president Robert Kreider, wrote, “I have wondered, When did we in Kansas awaken to awareness of these high plains as a unique gift, a treasure of the spirit.…Is there not an invitation, wherever one is placed, to see one’s locale as one of particular worth to be sought and treasured?”

Drawing on this celebration of place in Kreider’s letter, Brad Born and others from Bethel hosted a 2016 Mennonite Higher Education Faculty conference focusing on the theme “Fidelity of Place” and explored what it means to be rooted and located in a particular space, time, land and place.

The November issue of The Mennonite magazine will build on these themes.

Submissions could consider these or other questions related to the theme of place and location:

  • How have particular places or locations informed your own faith, theology and ethics?
  • What wisdom does Scripture offer us about the idea of place and rootedness?
  • How have Mennonites taken seriously—or not—a respect for land and the environment in particular places where we are planted?
  • How does displacement shape our experience of place?
  • What might be drawbacks to the idea of fidelity of place?
  • How have you come to love or respect a given place where you have been planted?
  • What does it mean to be rooted in a local context or culture?
  • How do understandings of land ownership and the Doctrine of Discovery shape us?
  • What does it mean to have fidelity—or loyalty—to a particular place or community?
  • What does Christian discipleship look like in relationship to our local context or place?

We welcome written reflections—personal stories, theological reflections and Bible studies (no longer than 1,500 words) as well as original photographymultimedia products and artwork on the theme. Writers are encouraged to consider submitting a photo of the place they are reflecting on, as well. 

Submissions should be sent to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than Oct. 3, 2016.