As a project of Jesus Radicals, Rock! Paper! Scissors! creatively explores the way of Jesus in the shadow of Empire through the distinct perspective of, liberationist Christian faith intrigued and inspired by the wisdom, resistance, and possibilities of anarchism. Rooted in the Christian faith tradition of God embodied in Jesus and taking the side of the poor, dispossessed, and disinherited and informed by an anarchist analysis of power, we share political commitments to anti-capitalism, intersectionality, and decolonization.
It is through these commitments that we understand both the working out of the kin/g/dom of God and anarchism as a critique of all forms of dominating hierarchy. This includes a commitment to undoing Christian hegemony, especially as the rise of Trumpism has further strengthened with the violent targeting of other religions. As such, we hope to promote discourse that extends beyond a mere Christian pacifist critique of war and anarchist critique of the state to encompass the many and varied forms of oppression and exploitation that pervade our world.
Our perspective is both anti-capitalist and intersectional because we recognize that while we live our lives at the intersection of a number of unequal, mutually reinforcing social relations, these relations are inextricably linked to the historically specific capitalist modes of production and reproduction. Our perspective is decolonial because we recognize that oppression is not simply centered at the intersecting identities and experiences of individuals, but rather in colonized communities and that stolen land alongside stolen labor is the foundation on which wealth and power / poverty and oppression are built.
As a project that seeks to imagine and work toward revolutionary horizons free of all domination, we recognize these convictions as being of primary importance. Bearing all of this in mind, we invite your contribution to the next issue of Rock! Paper! Scissors!: Tools for anarchist + Christian thought and action.
What sorts of content
We hope what we publish in this web journal — be it book reviews or essays; poetry or songs; audio or video or photos — will help expand our imaginations. We accept content submissions around curated themes in three issues of the journal annually. Themes of upcoming issues can be found on our call for content page. We are interested in submissions of original written content including articles on radical ideas, praxis, spirituality, cultural critique, politics, satire, book reviews, CD reviews, poetry, and works of fiction that have spiritual/economic/political themes. As a web-based publication recognizing the myriad ways that people creatively explore political and spiritual themes outside of the written word, we are also interested in publishing audio and visual content including song, spoken word, photo journal, documentary, interviews, illustrations, and any other medium that might thoughtfully explore the themes we are grappling with in our issues. We want thought provoking content that will help readers explore the social, political, and spiritual implications of following the way of Jesus.
Who should submit
Jesus Radicals seeks to engage in conversation with different voices and perspectives within the radical/anarchist Christian community and to that end we accept articles from kindred spirits that elicit conversation and that challenge us as readers and organizers. Folks from communities of color, LGBT communities, economically repressed groups, those with international perspectives, and people from other marginalized spaces are especially encouraged to send us material.
Where and how to send submissions
We prefer written content to be submitted in .doc or compatible formats. All content may be submitted via email to submissions.jesusradicals[at]gmail[dot]com with “[Issue #] Submission” in the subject line. In addition to your submission, please include a one-paragraph bio. We also prefer that contributors include a profile picture along with their submission.
Length and style
Word length of written submissions is flexible, but brevity is highly prized Writing style can be conversational or academic, but keep in mind a popular audience. We prefer that you avoid using language which only folks with advanced degrees can understand.
refering to people and god
We prefer gender-inclusive, gender-neutral, or gender-balanced language in reference to humans and God. We recognize the tradition of calling God “Father” and traditional Trinitarian language. However, we also believe that using varying language for God respects a wide range of perspectives on who God is and how God relates to creation. As a result, the editor(s) reserve the right to revise submissions to reflect multiple images of God depending on the topic.
If a submission is rejected, do not feel discouraged about sending content in the future. There are a number of reasons we may decide to pass on content—quality isn’t our only concern. One thing we will absolutely not publish, however, is any content that advocates the killing of human or non-human animals. We also pass on articles advocating what some call “anarcho-capitalism.” Time constraints may not allow us to respond with reasons why a particular piece may have been rejected. Likewise, previous success in publication does not guarantee publication of future work
Fact Checking and Proofreading
Please fact-check and proofread your work before sending it: check for correct grammar and spelling, look for typos, ensure absence of stereotyping, etc.
Articles published in Rock! Paper! Scissors! do not necessarily reflect the views of its editors or all contributors. Conversely, statements and positions by the editors do not necessarily reflect the views of Rock! Paper! Scissors! contributors. Jesus Radicals seeks to engage in conversation with different voices and perspectives within the radical/anarchist Christian community and to that end we accept articles from kindred spirits that elicit conversation and that challenge us as readers and organizers. That said, the viewpoints shared in Rock! Paper! Scissors! are not necessarily representative of any “official Jesus Radicals” position.
Writers retain full copyright control of their work. We will remove articles upon the author’s request
Thank you for submitting with us!
Rock! Paper! Scissors! is a tri-annual, topic-focused, web-publication exploring the intersections of anarchist politics and Christian faith. Through following the way of Jesus in the shadow of empire, we seek to undermine systems of oppression and creatively explore possibilities for liberation from an anarchist or radical christian perspective.
Rock! Paper! Scissors! Issue 7
Kindred and Legacy: Liberatory Weaving of Our Past, Present, and Future
The decolonizing process of weaving our past, present and future will be no small feat. It requires reexamining the stories we tell ourselves on autopilot about how we came to be, our place in society and our lineages. It also involves asking ourselves what movement and community legacies that need to be remembered and uncovered for truth telling and liberation. We come to this issue to explore this question: “What would it look like for us to not have empire and oppression shaping our present and future, robbing us from kinship and continuity of our history and legacy?”