[Sayma-Discuss] Friends Journal announces topics for future issues

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Dear Friends,    Time to consider whether you have something to say to the Quaker world!     Free


From: Gabriel_Ehri at mail.vresp.com

Dear reader,

We're excited to announce the focus topics that Friends Journal plans to cover over the next eighteen months. They are meant as a guide in seeking and selecting contributions. We expect two or three of each month’s feature articles to address that month’s theme; the remaining features will cover the diversity of interests in our mandate of "Quaker Thought and Life Today." 

Although we seek balance, we do not necessarily intend for our Focus Topic issues to serve as a comprehensive overview of a particular issue. We seek articles that are rooted in the author's experience and that speak to their understanding of the spiritual roots of their concern or viewpoint. The queries with each topic are some of the questions we've seen bubbling up around them. We will be continuing our biannual Special Issues, which will feature expanded coverage and receive wider publicity and distribution. 

Prospective contributors (authors, photographers, and artists) may contact our editor Martin Kelley at martink at friendsjournal.org to inquire about submitting an article. Our submissions guidelines are available online <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FriendsJournal/a6b0ba7075/8a6d3a8d95/d07dc06a0f> . Subscribe to Friends Journal today <http://cts.vresp.com/c/?FriendsJournal/a6b0ba7075/8a6d3a8d95/4ffdf59697>  to be sure you’ll get to explore these exciting issues with us. For promotional opportunities, contact our advertising manager, Brianna Taylor, at briannat at friendsjournal.org. 

Thank you for your readership and support!

Yours in peace,

Gabriel Ehri
Executive Director

Friends Journal's Upcoming Focus Topics

Jan 2012: Friends and the Emerging Church. How do Friends relate to the larger movement? What’s happening with Convergent Friends? What different expressions of Friends worship are emerging? 

Feb 2012: Open (no topic) 

Mar 2012: Crime and punishment. Some possible article themes include prison ministry, sex offenders, torture and state-sponsored punishment, and criminalization issues like drugs and immigration. 

Apr 2012: Membership and the generation gap. What does it mean to become a Friend? What is expected of members, and what should they expect? What about isolated Friends and Quakers without a meeting? Have membership practices affected generational shifts among Friends? 

May 2012: Food. Coverage might include the ethics and politics of food but food can and should be fun, too—we welcome stories of food in Quaker community, the role of food in outreach, and favorite potluck recipes. 

Jun/Jul 2012: SPECIAL ISSUE: Faith or Practice. We'll look at relations among Friends and cross-branch dialogue. What unites us? What divisions are still important? Why do we share the "Friends" name? What worship style, creeds, and testimonies do we embrace? 

Aug 2012: Sustainable Travel. We travel for fun, for ministry, for family, and for Quaker gatherings. How does travel broaden us? What are the environmental consequences? What changes have you made in your travel lifestyle? 

Sep 2012: Open (no topic) 

Oct 2012: SPECIAL ISSUE: Money/Economy. Coverage will include a look at Friends in business, entrepreneurship, and historical and modern ethical issues surrounding money. Are there continuing shifts in patterns of Quaker employment? What is the state of philanthropy among Friends and the support of Friends institutions? 

Nov 2012: Books. This is our annual focus on Quaker books and writing. 

Dec 2012: Hospitality. How do we welcome the stranger into our community? How do we do outreach and care, inside our meetings and in our towns and countries? 

Jan 2013: Privileges. Privileges like class, race, gender, and family status may be possible themes. We seek coverage that transcends a one-dimensional tallying of slights and looks at the complexities of identities and shares strategies for breaking down barriers and becoming allies. 

Feb 2013: Open (no topic) 

Mar 2013: Sexuality. Is there a Quaker sexual ethics? How do issues of sexuality and gender intertwine with Quaker politics, culture, and theology? 

Apr 2013: Conflict and Eldering. How do we constructively engage with one another? How do we keep differences from becoming politicized? What conflict resolution tools do we have (e.g., gospel order, alternatives to violence, threshing sessions). How do we deal with bullies? What roles do elders play in our communities? Who can be an elder? 

May 2013: The Arts. We'll include samples of work by Quaker artists. What is the role of art in our spiritual lives? What lay behind Friends historical anti-art testimonies? What new forms like remix culture are informing Friends approach to art? Who are new Quaker artists to watch? 

Jun/Jul 2013: SPECIAL ISSUE: Testimonies. Revisiting the testimonies: what and why are they? Possible themes include being anti-war today, plainness then and now, and simplicity in a modern culture.



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