Communities magazine is now seeking articles for issue #154, "Spirituality." The issue will be out in March 2012.
Please send your article idea to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 23, 2011, or sooner if possible.
Your final article must reach us by Friday, November 18, 2011.
1. Theme articles: Spirituality
possible questions to address (feel free to pick and choose or innovate):
What is your community or group's relationship to spirituality?
Does your group have a shared spiritual or religious outlook/practice? Is it a unifying force for you? Or are members' approaches more diverse and eclectic?
If you are in a non-spiritually-focused group, do you find that members are tolerant of one another's spiritual practices (if any)? Supportive of them? Annoyed by them?
Does your group have biases in favor of or against any particular types of spirituality or religion?
Does community living make it easier to follow your individual spiritual practice? Or more difficult?
Do you find that living or working in an intentional community or other cooperative group is itself a spiritual practice?
How important is ritual in bringing you together as a group and ensuring community cohesion? What kinds of ritual (whether daily or occasional) are especially powerful or important for you?
What challenges does spirituality, and/or lack of it, pose to a group?
If your group has a unifying spiritual mission, do you also have a central spiritual leader or teacher? What are the power relationships in your group: hierarchical, egalitarian, or something in between? How do these power relationships reflect, support, or detract from your shared spiritual path?
If you are part of a traditional spiritual or religious group, in what ways has it given you a sense of community?
How can faith communities contribute to bringing about a more sustainable, cooperative world? What challenges do they face?
Please remember that we are looking for stories, personal experiences, and concrete examples in your answers—these are what will make your ideas and observations most "real" and relevant to readers.
[Please forward this email to anyone you think has a good story on this theme for Communities.]
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