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Submit Meditations for a new inSpirit anthology edited by Rev. Bill Sinkford
inSpirit Anthology Submissions

Submit Meditations

For a new inSpirit anthology edited by Rev. Bill Sinkford

Skinner House Books, the imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association, invites members of UU congregations to submit original poems, prayers, or short prose pieces for possible inclusion in the next volume of the inSpirit series (previously called Meditation Manuals) to be published in May 2017. This will be an anthology of pieces by many Unitarian Universalist authors.

The Theme

It would be trite to lament the divisiveness of our times, if the dangers of divisiveness were not so great. It is so easy to stay at the level of sound bites, so easy to dismiss those with whom we disagree as misguided, self-serving or simply absurd. Yet the issues of Climate Change, Black Lives Matter, and Income Inequality certainly require something more than partisan sound bites will ever solve.

The divisiveness also seems to be deepening. It seems like a we have a long pull ahead to operate as communities of resistance. Can we also operate as communities of hope? As the editor of the next volume in the inSpirit series from Skinner House Books, I’m looking for poems, prose reflections, and prayers that will help us hold both our hopes and our fears as a progressive religious community. Traditional religions suggest some categories: Wisdom. Lamentation. Prophecy and Comfort. Contemplation. Mystical Vision. Engagement and letting go of attachment. Ecstatic Joy. I think we will need readings that speak in all those voices, and more, to help us move forward with integrity and love.

—Rev. Bill Sinkford

Prose meditations should be between 200 and 650 words. Poems should be no longer than 54 lines.

In your cover letter, please identify your affiliation with Unitarian Universalism. If your work has been published, please give details.

Send your submission to Betsy Martin at bmartin [at] uua [dot] org

Please send in your submission no later than August 1, 2016, and be sure to include contact information. If you send in your submission by email, please type "spring 2017 inSpirit" in the subject line. If your work is accepted, you will be notified after October 1, 2016. Please address any questions to Mary Benard, Editorial Director, Skinner House Books, at mbenard [at] uua [dot] org.

Recent inSpirit books include Miles of Dream  by Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern and A Long Time Blooming  by Rev. Marta I. Valentín.

Also watch for Love Beyond God  by Adam Lawrence Dyer, due out this month!

Miles of Dream:

Vanessa Southern
From Skinner House Books
Also available as an eBook in the Amazon Kindle Store and on Google Play . The 2015 inSpirit title. The inSpirit Series was previously known as the Meditation Manual Series.

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