Publisher seeks meditations from congregation members

Skinner House Books, the imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is inviting members of UU congregations to submit original poems, prayers, or short prose pieces for consideration in a collection of meditations for congregational leaders. Editor Marshall Hawkins said, “We imagine a collection that fosters 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.”

He added, “They would help support our 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.”

UUA Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery will edit the collection. 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 a cover letter, identify your affiliation with Unitarian Universalism. If your work has been published, give details.

Email submissions are preferred. Send them to bmartin@uua.org, with “Meditations for Leaders” in the subject line. Send each meditation in a separate attachment. Submissions may also be sent by ground mail, to Betsy Martin, Skinner House Books, Unitarian Universalist Association, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108. The deadline is November 15. Successful applicants will be notified after Jan. 7, 2013. Address any questions to mhawkins@uua.org.