As you may (or may not) know, Holly and I have been designing a new quarterly magazine that's releasing it's first issue April 1st. It's a pretty exciting venture, and I'm hoping that the content will change and take a more (un)defined non "religious-only" direction in the issues ahead. Still, most of us that contributed come from a faith background, so this first issue demonstrates that.
We're now calling for content for the second issue, so I'll paste the info below. I'm excited about this issue because it's dealing with REVOLUTIONARY ACTS that hopefully go beyond the most obvious examples. It's a chance to redeem the mundane with revolutionary intention.
So, here it is, and feel free to comment/email me with any questions. Word.
Call For Visions And Voices For Summer 2009 Issue
DATE: Summer 2009 (July)
GENERAL THEME: Revolutionary Acts
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
When it is yellow do you let it mellow? Have you U-locked your neck to a war plane? Do you know a guy who knows a guy who went to Gaza? Do you have a Ché T-shirt? Do you only ride a bike? Do you only eat food that fell from the vine? Do you only eat food that came from a dumpster? Do you spend a good bit of your time paralyzed by the fact that at any moment what you do could oppress someone somewhere?
For those of us who are desperate for the kingdom on earth, revolutionary acts can be the fringe version of “keeping up with the Jones. “ In this issue, we explore what transformative and healing change really look like. In what ways can our revolutionary acts inspire and build up? In what ways can they destroy community or be destructive? What exactly is that true balance of fearless leadership, gentle spirit, pure motive, and organic, fair-trade living?
We aren’t trying to impress each other here, but to really work with the powerful—and the icky—sides of revolutionary acts.
Here is your chance to probe mystery of an insistent call and the consequences (physical and spiritual) of taking a stand. In part, we imagine a compendium of amazing and inspiring ideas shared by creative souls. But if we are honest, we’ll also grapple with some of the spiritual byproducts of revolutionary living–good and bad. Does it set us free, and how? Does it unleash some icky stuff–ego, judgementalism, the need to prove something (what? to whom?). What are the spiritual fruits of failure or the challenges of success?
Tell us ten small things we can do today that will change the fabric of our society. (Make sure you did them). Or simply tell us the story of how practicing them reworked your heart from the inside out. Hand us a cool, tall glass of hope.
Did Jesus call you to turn the tables? Did he ask you to give it all up?
Is my life enough?
Tell us a story–your own or the story of someone you know. Whisper your dreams of a new way.
We are looking for various kinds of materials: Articles: Articles can range from 200 to 1,500 words, Artwork & Photography, Poetry, Short Fiction, Reviews, Letters To The Editors
The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2009.
Submit Content To: firstname.lastname@example.org
No large image files, please. Small, low-res jpegs, or links to online galleries.
WHO WE ARE: Conspire! is a quarterly publication that shares stories of community, revolutionary love, and creative new visions. Conspire! stubbornly insists that small, daily acts of faith, conviction, and integrity can change the world.
List of Community Co-conspirators: The Simple Way, AWIP, Rutba House, New Providence Community Church, Servants Vancouver, Flood, Centurions Purse, Camden Community Houses, Transforming Leader's House, Alternative Seminary, Walnut Hills Fellowship, Christian Communites International (Bruderhof), Hyaets, Lahash International, Conspiring For Coatesville, Harlem House, Coral House Community, Raising Micah, Circle Venture, DC Area Community of Communities, Reimagine, Nehemiah House, The Banner House, Communality, Solomon's Porch, Circle Venture, Mulberry House, Tolstoy House, Hyaets, Detroit Villages Lahash International, Reba Place, Relational Tithe, and more to come...