The Fall 2012 Reflections will be an election-season issue that examines the values (spiritual, moral, civic, political) that define the American character today. We’re in a partisan time where Congress is deadlocked and citizens remain divided by ideology, religion, class, and science. Reflections will explore some core values we still hold together and identify impulses that drive us apart and why. Is there a way forward together? We’d like to hear from you on any of these questions:
• What cherished value is most at risk of neglect, distortion, disappearance in our moment?
• What elements of reconciliation/hope/wisdom can churches bring these days to our spiritual politics and visions of a moral society? Where is God in all this?
• What does community mean in an era of rising pluralism and intensified individualism? What does real community look like these days? (examples, success stories)
Responses to any of these questions can be short essays, meditations, or other remarks: 350-word limit. Deadline is Monday, July 23. Please email editor Ray Waddle at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to publish a selection of responses we receive. Thank you for your insights.