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Between Cities: A Journal of Christian Thought by and for students at the University of Minnesota

Mission Statement

1,600 years ago, St. Augustine wrote about the relationship between the City of God and the city of man. Today, we’re still wrestling with our dual citizenship in the kingdom of heaven and the secular world of the university classroom, the workplace, and the public square.

As a student-run, interdisciplinary, ecumenical journal for Christian thought, Between Cities aims both to create a public forum for thoughtful engagement between Christianity and the life of the university and to pursue the good, the true, and the beautiful in every field of study and vocation. In the spirit of St. Augustine, we aim to bring together reason and faith, fact and value, the cities we live in now and the eternal City toward which we look in hope.

Call for submissions to Between Cities, a new journal of Christian thought by and for students at the University of Minnesota

We’re now seeking submissions for our first issue. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Articles of 2,000 to 8,000 words consist of original work in any academic field that addresses its subject from a distinctively Christian perspective. Articles should advance a significant thesis, support the argument with citations appropriate to your field, and contribute to a scholarly conversation. Since our readership is varied, please define terms and provide context for an intelligent lay reader. Some possible examples of scholarly articles include:

  • A piece of literary criticism analyzing an author’s use of biblical allusions and resonances
  • An examination of green technology that works within a framework of stewardship of God’s creation
  • A paper on medicine or psychology that places suffering in the context of the Crucifixion
  • An economic policy recommendation based on the premise that what we do to the poor we do to Christ

Essays of 1,000 to 3,000 words discuss the relationship between faith and study or between faith and work. Less formal than an article, an essay may include anecdotes and personal reflection, and it may or may not incorporate research. Some possible examples of essays include:

  • An argument for better recognition and integration of faith within the workplace
  • A call for those pursuing a particular career to recognize the sacred character of their vocation
  • A reflection on how a biblical passage applies to the daily lives of students

Book reviews of 250-750 words provide Christian commentary on recently released books or movies of interest to our audience, though the works reviewed need not necessarily be Christian themselves. The review should contain a concise synopsis of the work in question, an appraisal of its technical quality, and an evaluation of its themes or purport.

Creative works may include poems and short fiction of less than 2,000 words. Such works should not only address spiritual matters, but also employ technical sophistication to interest, challenge, or surprise the reader.

Art and photography need not be explicitly religious in subject matter, but may originate from a Christian aesthetic sensibility or demonstrate engagement with questions of ultimate significance.

We are particularly interested in work that originates from within the Christian tradition, but we will consider any work that engages with that tradition in a thoughtful and respectful way.

To submit your work or pitch an idea for publication in Between Cities, please email it to us at submissions [at] betweencities [dot] org. We look forward to hearing from you!

Who We Are

Interdisciplinary – As we seek to integrate whole lives and whole persons, the Christian faith has bearing upon every branch of human knowledge, from literature to engineering to business management. Isolated in separate departments, these fields of study can lose the perspective offered by a holistic understanding of knowledge. By bringing together research from every discipline pursued at the University of Minnesota, Between Cities creates opportunities for wide-ranging discussion and fruitful cross-pollination.

Student-led – College shouldn’t mean four years of regurgitating lectures for tests or writing papers that no one but the TA will ever read. The University of Minnesota’s students are capable of original and exciting work, and the best of their writing deserves a public audience. We publish researched articles, reflective essays, and reviews by both undergraduate and graduate students. Written, edited, and published by students, Between Cities encourages them to take responsibility for their education and pursue excellence in their work.

Collaborative – As an ecumenical project, Between Cities works alongside many Christian organizations and ministries on campus. We aim to bring Christians from across the University together in reading and actively contributing to a journal that addresses their common vocation.

Faithful – Although we welcome dialogue with members of other faiths and those who do not belong to any religion, Between Cities is founded upon an orthodox understanding of the historic Christian tradition. Our contributors aim to be thoughtful, winsome representatives of that tradition in each of their respective fields of study and work. Operating within a Christian theological framework, committed to its ethics of integrity and charity, and guided by the life-giving Spirit of God, we ultimately seek to bring the gospel and its redemptive work more fully to the University of Minnesota’s academic community.

If you’re interested in joining the editorial team, we would love your help! Contact us at editor [at] betweencities [dot] org.