For most of us, 2020 has seemed a more challenging and anxious year than any in recent memory. Almost daily, we struggle with uncertainty, while another editorial predicts that things will never be the same. Sadly, these pronouncements fail to offer solutions for moving forward or recognize the hope we have in Christ. In our better moments, we acknowledge our feelings of confusion and take time to enjoy this new pace as we embrace the opportunities before us as we resist distraction and despair.

CIVA’s strength is the collective wisdom and insight within our diverse community of artists, writers, thinkers, and proclaimers. With this in mind, we want to know what’s really going on. What are you learning during this unexpected and uncertain season? What is keeping you going, and how are faith, hope, and love being refined in you? What is God revealing to you about yourself and the church? Has your artistic practice suffered or provided sanctuary? How does lament look to you in this season, and is it leading you in the days again? What do you need to share with others at this time?   

We invite the CIVA community to reflect on these and other related questions that give voice to what you are thinking, feeling, praying, and practicing right now. We are looking for written reflections under 1000 words, images of original art or original poetry to include in the fall edition of the SEEN Journal, which will be published digitally in late October. Printed copies will be available for purchase in the CIVA store.

Submission deadline: September 18, 2020 at 11:59 pm CT

Selected entries notified: October 1, 2020

Must be a current CIVA member to submit. Membership information can be found here.

Unfortunately, we do not have room to include every submission, but we will do our best to provide a wide range of voices from our community that powerfully document this strange time.