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October 2019 Call for Submissions: Positive uses of power

8.6. 2019 Posted By: The Mennonite

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our October 2019 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Positive uses of power.

Description of the theme:

The word “power” and its derivatives are used often in the Bible. From dunamis in Greek, power is often related to God’s actions in the world. “Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit” (Luke 4:14), preached the good news, healed people, cast out evil spirits and challenged oppressive economic and political systems, all by the power of God. We humans also have power, the ability and motivation to influence people, processes, systems, structures. The use of power can benefit or harm us. We may have exercised power in just or unjust ways. Using what power we have justly and responding to other people’s uses of power in faithful ways requires tapping into the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

  • How have you experienced just uses of power in your family, church, work setting or society at large? What have you learned? Tell us your story and be sure to include the voices of all involved, with their permission.
  • According to Roots of Justice, which provides the Damascus Road training, “With power we carry out the call God puts in our lives. Power can also be used to destroy, demean and act counter to God’s intention.” How have you experienced unjust uses of power? Or, how have you exercised power in unjust ways? What have you learned? Tell us your story and be sure to include the voices of all involved, with their permission.
  • What is your community, congregation or organization’s faith-filled response to social, racial, economic, political or religious injustice? How did power, just or unjust, play a role in that experience?
  • How do you understand the power of activism in addressing injustice? What experiences have you found helpful or unhelpful?
  • How do you understand the Bible’s message about the just use of power?

Submissions are due to no later than Sept. 2.

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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