Call for Articles: Communities #154: Spirituality
From: Communities Editor (
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2011 10:14:30 -0700 (PDT)

/Communities/ magazine is now seeking articles for issue #154, "*Spirituality*." The issue will be out in March 2012.

Please send your article idea to _editor@ic.org_ <mailto:editor [at]> 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
   / /

       * 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
       * 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/.]

2. We are also seeking articles about:

   * Creating community in your neighborhood;
   * Starting a new community;
   * Process and communication issues in community; and
   * Seeking community to join.

Suggested submission length is from 300 to 2500 words. We invite submissions ranging from short vignettes to extensively-developed articles, and also invite suggestions of recommended resources and article leads. We're seeking articles written in a reader-friendly, popular-magazine style, rather than in an academic style. We ask contributors to share stories and experiences, not just ideas; write about challenges, not just successes; and describe specific situations that will help your story come alive for the reader. Before you start writing, please check _ or contact us for our full Writers' Guidelines—and let us know your article idea so that we can give feedback on how it may fit into /Communities/. Contact Chris Roth at _editor@ic.org_ <mailto:editor [at]>.

If you don’t want to write an article but want to submit photos, please check _ or contact Yulia Zarubina at _layout@ic.org_ <mailto:layout [at]> for our Photo Guidelines.

*I. What **"**Submitting an Article**"* *Means.* We will promise to read your article, but we may respectfully decline it and not publish it, or save it and publish it in a future issue. We also reserve the right to edit, shorten, or revise your article. Most of the time we contact authors about this ahead of time and get their comments, corrections, etc.

*II. Getting Permission Ahead of Time.* Please send the article only when you have permission from anyone you need it from, such as fellow community members. We endeavor to present a diversity of views on community, including controversial or critical views, in a respectful and cooperative manner. If your article may generate controversy or strong reactions, or if the group(s) would want the chance to review it, please share your draft with group members to get their input before sending it to us. (Please see our Writers' Guidelines for additional details.)

*III. Publication Rights.* Once your article appears in /Communities/, we own first North American Publishing Rights. This means your article appears in /Communities/ the first time it appears in North America. In addition to appearing in /Communities/, your article may also appear on our website or in future compilations. You retain all other rights to it. If you'd like to use it elsewhere, you can, and we would appreciate your using an attribution line saying, "This article first appeared in /Communities: Life in Cooperative Culture/, (date); for further information on /Communities/: _communities.ic.org_ <>."

*IV. Photos.* If we publish your article, we want to accompany it with compelling images that illustrate your subject. You know your subject best, so we are appealing to you for images. If others in your community or group like taking pictures, they might already have great images to go with your article. If you would like to submit an article but cannot supply photos, that's fine; however, please give us plenty of advance notice so that if we use your article we can get an illustrator. Please check _ or email us for our full Photo Guidelines. We also appreciate an author photo to accompany your short (several-line) author bio.

Thanks for your contributions!

Chris Roth
Editor, /Communities/
_editor@ic.org_ <mailto:editor [at]>

Chris Roth
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