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 consideration for a collection of meditations for congregational leaders. The anthology will be edited by Kay Montgomery, UUA Executive Vice President.
This collection is intended to foster the understanding of congregational leadership as an avenue for spiritual growth rather than an administrative chore. The ideal meditations would be both inspirational for and affirming of the work of all kinds of leaders—both professional and volunteer, lay and ordained. They would help support UU leaders through a kind of “literary ministry,” addressing issues common to many in leadership positions, and acknowledging some of the challenges as well. Overall, this collection will hold up the role of church leader as vital to healthy congregational life and honor those who serve in this capacity.
Pieces may be serious or funny, tender or frank. They should be suitable for both private reflection and public worship. 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.
Submit your submission electronically, no later than November 15, 2012, to:
Betsy Martin, Skinner House Books
Please include the meditations in a single, attached document.
Please type “meditations for leaders” in the subject line, and be sure to include your contact information in the body of the message.
If your work is accepted, you will be notified after January 7, 2013. Please address any questions to Marshall Hawkins, Editor, Skinner House Books, at firstname.lastname@example.org.