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STAFF

Chris Keller :: Founding Editor
Dan Rhodes :: Editor-in-Chief
Andrew David :: Managing Editor
Tom Ryan :: Executive Editor
Jon Stanley :: Theology Editor
Ben Suriano :: Assistant Theology Editor
A.J. Jacobs :: Assistant Theology Editor
David Kline :: Assistant Theology Editor
Brandy Daniels :: Assistant Theology Editor
Allison Backous: Creative Writing Editor
John Totten :: Music and Film Reviews Editor
Ian Knippel :: Executive Producer of Video Content
Sarah Janci Perez :: Theology Intern
Jev A. J. Forsberg :: Theology Intern
Nathaniel T. Rogers :: Creative Writing Intern

MISSION

The Other Journal is an online publication that promotes vibrant discourse at the intersections of theology and culture.

REASON

The Other Journal is a online quarterly journal that aims to create space for Christian interdisciplinary reflection, exploration, and expression. Attempting to remain a step or two more popular than the typical scholarly journal and a step or two more scholarly than the typical popular magazine, our goal is to provide our readers with provocative, challenging and insightful Christian commentary on current social issues, political events, cultural trends, and pop phenomena.

Each issue of The Other Journal is organized around a particular theme, and includes sections dedicated to:

  • Theology :: articles, essays, interviews
  • Creative Writing :: creative nonfiction, personal essays, short stories, and poetry
  • Art :: art exhibits
  • Reviews :: personal essays reflecting on academic books, literature, film, music
  • Social Justice :: activism, justice, praxis essays and interviews

HISTORY

The Other Journal was founded in 2002 by Chris Keller (a psychotherapist from Seattle, WA) and Brian Munz (a web developer from Philadelphia, PA). Their original vision for The Other Journal was to provide space for Christian graduate students to share their work in a spirit of dialogue and mutual criticism.

As Brian and Chris’s vision for The Other Journal continued to unfold, leading Christian thinkers, practitioners, and creative writers joined The Other Journal community. Today, the journal seeks to fill the gap between popular frill-based magazines and scholarly academic journals by providing a lively corner in cyberspace for the discerning reader to experience their faith as culturally relevant. Our goal is to provide readers with provocative, challenging, and insightful Christian writing on current social issues, political events, cultural trends, and pop phenomena.

The team of editors, web designers, writers, and artists that has become The Other Journal staff community is a vibrant group of people working in a wide range of vocations. Our common commitment to being a progressive, constructive, and charitable Christian voice in contemporary society through our participation The Other Journal is one piece of the larger puzzle of loving God and neighbor and investing our lives in the hope that our world would be further characterized by justice and peace.

In addition to publishing the online journal, The Other Journal also releases books and runs the annual Film, Faith, and Justice festival, a film and lecture series featuring independent documentaries from the Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival.

In the summer of 2005, The Other Journal partnered with Seattle-based Bakke Graduate University, a school committed to training urban leaders in a global context. In 2007, The Other Journal moved into a partnership with The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and now operates in partnership with that school.