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August 2020 Call for Submissions: Why I am an Anabaptist

The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our August 2020 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Why I am an Anabaptist.

Description of the theme:

The name “Anabaptist” (literally “baptized again”) comes from a movement that emerged in 16th-century Europe. Today, some 2 million Christians around the world identify as Anabaptists. In the United States, a growing number of Christians who are not part of Mennonite-related churches or denominations are identifying as Anabaptist. People define and live out their Anabaptist beliefs in different ways. We are interested in hearing stories of people who identify as Anabaptist and why they do so.

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

  • Why are you an Anabaptist? Tell us your story and be sure to include the voices of all involved, with their permission.
  • What does Anabaptism mean to you? What draws you to identify with that name? Tell us your story and be sure to include the voices of all involved, with their permission.
  • How would you recognize an Anabaptist? What traits make a person an Anabaptist, beyond attending a congregation or belonging to a denomination?
  • What makes Anabaptism different from other expressions of Christianity? How do you understand the biblical basis for Anabaptist beliefs? How might those teachings inspire you and others in how you live out your faith?
  • How do your Anabaptist beliefs intersect and interact with your culture and identities?

Submissions are due to no later than July 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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