The Mennonite, Inc., invites your original submissions for our September 2018 print magazine issue and corresponding online content focusing on Pilgrimage.
Description of the theme:
In the Bible, journey plays a central role. A journey may be defined as traveling long distances or involving dangerous or difficult travel. The Jews wandered in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land as a way of learning to rely on God to provide for them. Jesus took the long, hard road to Jerusalem to demonstrate God’s provision. Throughout history, people looking for spiritual renewal have undertaken pilgrimages to sacred sites. A journey to new places, whether across the world or within our society, can include traveling across town to your neighbor or people who are different (religiously, culturally, racially, ethnically). It can introduce us to fresh experiences and challenge us in our spiritual walk. Followers of Jesus, in their daily walk with God, can be on a pilgrimage toward transformation to more fully reflect God’s love.
Submissions may consider one of the following prompts/questions, among others:
- How has travel to a new, perhaps a sacred place impacted and encouraged growth in you spiritually? What prompted you to travel? Were you invited? How did you prepare yourself? Tell a story.
- Historically, travel has been understood as flights to other countries; however, journeying is not restricted to travel. How have you journeyed in your own location or context in a way that had an impact on your spiritual growth?
- Journeying often includes difficulties. Share a story of how you experienced hardship through a journey. What did you learn from this?
- Often we journey with others, which can bring its own challenges and rewards. Tell us about your experience of a pilgrimage with a group (telling your story, not another’s).
- What can we learn from the journeys recounted in the Bible? In Christian history?
- What does it mean to be a “pilgrim” today?
- Pilgrimages have often been spiritual journeys. What spiritual pilgrimages have you and your community taken together? What motivated you, and how has it shaped your spiritual journey?
Submissions are due to Editor@TheMennonite.org no later than July 27.
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 anti-oppression guidelines as well as our editorial guidelines.