|Call for articles, Communities magazine, Fall '04 issue||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Communities Magazine (communitiesic.org)|
|Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 12:35:55 -0700 (PDT)|
Hello, This is a Call for Articles for our Fall '04 issue of Communities magazine on spiritual communities. I'm sending this Call to everyone who has written for Communities magazine in the past, or who has inquired about writing for us. (Or maybe you're someone I hope might submit an article.) I'm sending this to the Cohousing L List as well. If you're interested, please tell me your article idea by JUNE 18th, or if you can write fast, by JUNE 21st. Deadline for completed articles is JULY 5th, 2004, FOUR & A HALF weeks from now. I. ARTICLE CONTENT - FALL '04, SPIRITUAL COMMUNITIES ISSUE * What are spiritual communities and why do people start them? * What do people hope to get out of them? * Are spiritual communities easier to live in, or more difficult, than secular communities? * What are the unique joys and challenges of living in a spiritual community? * What makes a community "spiritual"? Please respond to one or more of these questions in terms of your community, or spiritual communities you've lived in or are familiar with. If you include what your community spiritually believes and teaches, please couch it in terms like 'We believe that..' or 'According to our beliefs . . .' or '... as we see it. . ." or 'As we teach, ....' etc. Please don't make blanket dogmatic statements of spiritual truth. Such statements can easily be un-dogmatized by adding phrases like those above. I 'm strongly allergic to pronouncements by folks who believe they have Spiritual Truth and others sadly don't. This is probably why I've successfully avoided calling for issue on spiritual communities in all the 10 years I've been editor. So thanks in advance for couching your beliefs in phrases that show that you know that these are your group's beliefs, but not necessary the God's Truth (or Buddha's or Jesus's or the Ascended Masters' or Krishna's). It'll make my job easier, and will make me a lot happier as your editor. Thanks very much! To send article ideas, contact me at communities [at] ic.org. Or call 828-669-9702. II. PHOTOS. If you'd like to write for this issue, we will need to either borrow hard-copy photos or snapshots of people and or communities to illustrate your story, or very high resolution digital photos. NOTE: We cannot use most digital photos, unless you have a good quality digital camera, with a resolution of 3 megapixels or more. This will produce images which are 300-360 dpi at 5x7 or 8x12 size. This means the images will be a high enough resolution to use used as lead photos for articles, or for the cover. The photos can be vertical or horizontal, black & white or color. We return the photos after the issue is published. Important: Please don¹t submit an article unless: (1) YOU CAN MAIL US HARD-COPY** PHOTOS OR SNAPSHOTS BY OR BEFORE THE ARTICLE DEADLINE. --or-- 2) YOU CAN LET ME KNOW IN ADVANCE THAT YOU WON'T HAVE PHOTOS. In this case, if we use your article we'll commission an illustration, but we need plenty of advance warning to know that. Thanks! If you're going to mail photos, please mail them to Diana Christian/Communities magazine, c/o [note new address]: 1025, Camp Elliott Rd., Black Mountain, NC 28711. III. PERMISSION. Please send the article only when anyone you need an OK from (such as fellow community members) has already been given. It¹s difficult for us to get ready to run an article, only to find out that the author hasn¹t gotten official permission to publish it yet. Ooops. -------- If you¹re interested, please let me know. I can send Writers Guidelines if you don¹t already have them. communities [at] ic.org NEW PHONE: 828-669-9702. Thanks very much! I look forward to hearing from folks inspired by this issue theme. Diana Christian Editor, Communities magazine P.S. IV. THE SUMMER '04 ISSUE Thank you, everyone who responded to the previous Call for Articles for our Summer '04 issue "A Day in the Life," out in late June. We're happy to be publishing articles from people around the world. They include: "By the Plume of Popocatepetl" -- In Tepoztlán, Mexico, Giovanni Ciarlo's day at Huehuecoyotyl Ecovillage ends with a ceremony honoring community elders. "Summertime ? and the Livin's Busy" -- Liz Walker at Ecovillage at Ithaca gives a tour to visiting architecture students and cooks a meal for 80. "A Spring Day at Tamera" -- At this eco-spiritual community in Portugal, Elizabeth Stewart works on a Middle East peace project and tutors teenagers in English. ssage to a fellow member, counts towards community labor credit. "La Caravana Arcoiris por La Paz (The Rainbow Caravan of Peace)" -- This nomadic band of performing eco-activists--now in Iquique, Chile--stilt-walk and perform in the marketplace for free vegetables, and offer afternoon workshops on dance improv, clowning, permaculture, consensus, and more. By Alberto Ruz. "Pilgrimage in a Desert Monastery" -- In the mountains of Syria at Deir Mar Musa monastery, Dianne Brause enjoys sunrise from her rock-niche cave, fasts for Ramadan, and attends a mass sung in Arabic. "Seeing the Forest and the Trees, Part II" -- Can a founders of a visionary business in community honor their values and still make a living? Earthaven's Forestry Co-op almost succeeded. Plus "Living 'Lord of the Flies' at Strange Farm" by Sean Gaston, and "How To Really Support Ecovillages (Not Just Hugs and Theories)," by Enrique Hidalgo in Ecuador.
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