If you’d like to write for The Porch, we’d love to hear from you, so please read on:

The Porch magazine and community is made up of people like this: 

Someone who… 

… is hungry for a hopeful vision of the world that also has something to offer everyday life…

.. is tired of the social media grind, and wants to connect at a deeper level with ideas and like-minded people…

…senses the difference between authentic spirituality or community and religious or political institutions, the unity of “sacred” and “secular”, the duty of privilege, and the possibility of friendship between “high” and “popular” culture…

…likes to read, to share conversation about meaningful things, to laugh, dance and celebrate…

…understands and enjoys the fact that a healthy human can love the Muppets and abstract novels, classical music and hip hop, political activism and gift exchange economies, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Beyoncé, backpacking, sustainable agriculture, jigsaw puzzles, Rumi and Twister, all at the same time… In other words, “high” and “low” types of art and conversation matter less than “authentic” and “open”…

Someone like you?

In order to expand the circle and welcome folk to The Porch, we want use language that is welcoming and clear. We seek to avoid using “insider jargon,” especially terminology that implies readers are all members of the same (or any) religious group. So, for instance, we use words like “God” only in the context of describing something that can’t be described any other way, seeking to avoid the implication that Porch readers are all religious believers. In short, if we don’t understand what the word means, or if it conveys the idea that readers are members of the same religious group as the writer (and “God” may be the best example of such a word), we look for a more inviting way to write it.

If you’d like to write for The Porchemail us here with a link to a sample of your writing, and a short proposal about what you’d like to do, and why you are the person to do it (no more than 100 words, please). We’ll respond as soon as we can – thanks!