Writers – deadlines for this volume have expired. All issues are now fully assigned. Look for the next set of themes here in January, 2016.
2015-2016 Volume XXXI (2015-2016)
The Call to Compassion
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”—Eph. 4:32
With this volume, Weavings enters its fourth decade of publication. Founding editor John S. Mogabgab left a magnificent legacy by not only beginning and profoundly shaping this journal but also by his compassionate life. This year’s theme is both inspired by him and dedicated to him as we explore our call to compassion for ourselves, for and through our bodies, for the younger generation, and for our world.
“Compassion expresses the inmost truth of God’s nature; it is the fertile suffering of love that births a new creation.”—John Mogabgab, Editor’s Introduction, Weavings Vol. V, No. 6 (Nov/Dec 1990)
Vol. XXXI, No. 1 (Nov/Dec 2015/Jan 2016)
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”—Mark 12:31
In Life of the Beloved, Henri Nouwen explains, “Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved.’ Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.” In this season of Advent, we explore aspects of compassion for ourselves and of the mystery of Christ in us, “the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). How does the knowledge that we are beloved by God, held in God’s loving gaze, free us and give us a mandate to show compassion to ourselves? What does it mean to have compassion for ourselves in a tradition that focuses heavily on compassion for the other? How does the nurturing of self-compassion foster empathy? How do practices such as sacred gaze, mirror mysticism, stillness, silence, balance, and others offer insight into seeing ourselves as beloved? Where are we seeing models for compassion for the self?
Vol. XXXI, No. 2 (Feb/Mar/Apr 2016)
“Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, . . . therefore glorify God in your body.”—1 Cor. 6:19-20
Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the sacred is embodied by humanity. Yet, many of us struggle to realize our bodies and the bodies of others as temples of the Holy. In this issue, we invite reflections on a more holistic Christian anthropology. What is the vision of compassion that will begin to heal the violence against the body in our culture? In this period of Lent, we invite reflection on embodied practices of compassion and healing
Vol. XXXI, No. 3 (May/Jun/Jul 2016)
“Listen to me. I will give you counsel, and God be with you!”—Exod. 18:19
This scripture is part of Jethro’s advice to his son-in-law, Moses, when Moses was taking on too much. Mentors give us needed perspective at crucial moments in our lives. Priest and author Richard Rohr says, “We live in a society with elderly people, but very few elders.” Eldering is the sacred bequest of compassionate accompaniment that we give to the generations behind us. How do we become elders and mirrors for the younger generation? What are the spiritual practices that shape us for this task, and how does compassion compel us?
Vol. XXXI, No. 4 (Aug/Sep/Oct 2016)
[Jesus said,] “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”—John 12:24
In the quest to live compassionately, we encounter paradox at every turn. The grain of wheat must die before it can live again more fruitfully. We are closer to the Divine when most fully human. We hold in tension the both/and of the individual and the community, of orthodoxy and orthopraxy, of strength and vulnerability, of personal religious beliefs and those of others in the world. In the midst of all the tension and dissonance, how are we to live compassionately in our daily life? What are the acts of compassion, both large and small, that move us as individuals and as a people to a more loving way of life?