Call for Papers

Issue 33: Reimagination

The slow drip of 2020 has presented a cluster of problems that require our attention and redress. Some of those problems are new (COVID-19, an increasingly desperate president, and intensified natural disasters seemingly downstream from worsening environmental damage), whereas others have been highlighted in new ways (policing, housing crises, increased homelessness, small business vulnerability, structural biases limiting democratic politics, and white nationalism).

It seems, too, that there is a rising interest in addressing a wide range of social issues head on, as has been seen in the recent wave of black uprisings and the broad growth of left-leaning political participation and visibility. Even as we hunker down in our separate socially distanced bubbles, it feels that we are being led into a collective moment of confession. To repent, though, requires turning around and heading in a new direction. The real heart of any confession is borne out by the way in which we change course.

In the words of the late, great James Cone, “There is no invincible reason why the present unjust order must continue.” A better world is certainly possible, but such a world will require a definitive process of construction, and to build another world requires both clarity about the limits of our present and imagination about our future. And what better time—amid the myriad issues so clearly structuring our present order—to undertake the process of reimagination?

In the next issue of The Other Journal, we take up these ideas as we seek theologically infused contributions on the theme of reimagination. The following are some—but certainly not all—of the questions authors might wish to consider: What might community accountability and safety look like in the wake of a drastic shift in police responsibility and funding? What role should (or can) the church have in such forms of social engagement? What are the practices, virtues, or habits the church should turn to in order to reimagine its present? How might we reimagine a robust form of debate, criticism, and conversation across increasingly polarized lines of difference? What aspects of traditional church life and practice need to be reimagined (and how?) in order to properly engage the challenges and nuances of our contemporary moment?

We seek essays, creative writing, art, and reviews that uniquely engage this complex conversation. As always, we are particularly interested in contributions that tackle these themes with verve and slant, contributions that open our ears to the peacefully contrarian Christ by way of their distinctive style, ideas, and progressive consideration of the other.

More information on our submission guidelines, including our email address, can be found on our Submissions page.