Here’s some pretty fun news to share: I’m editing a book on wrestling with faith and college! Yes…a real book, full of young adults’ stories, edited by me, and published by the Alban Institute.
So, yeah, that’s pretty cool. At the same time, I’ll be honest: I’m a bit intimidated by the marathon ahead. Though I’ve contributed essays to a few books over the years and worked with publishers on a small project here and there (well, and one very large one—the 2013 Presbyterian hymnal), I know I’m far from prepared for the challenges ahead. And yet, the project excites me greatly. I have a passion for stories, particularly the stories of young adults and how they experience faith and culture in our confusing, conflicted, contemporary world.
In today’s church it’s easy to find people who complain about young adults. Sadly, it’s a rare congregation who listens to them. Studies show—and anyone who speaks to young adults knows—that the faith and life experiences of 20/30-somethings today are very different than in years past. For many young adults, a pivotal time of faith development occurs in college. So, I’ll be editing a collection of essays written by 18-30 year-olds on the intersection of faith and college.
The working title of the book is, Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College. I’d love your help in getting the word out that I’m accepted essays. The formal Call for Submissions is below. Please share this post with your young-reflective-writer-type-friends-and-relations, or better yet, share this page describing the Call for Submissions. You’re welcome to be in touch with questions (send them to firstname.lastname@example.org). If all goes well, before this year’s college freshmen graduate a book will have been published that helps them—and the church, and the academy, and the world—think through the challenging intersection of college life and young people’s faith lives.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House:
Wrestling with Faith and College
Adam J. Copeland, Editor | Religion Faculty, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.
What is your story of wrestling with faith as a college student?
How has your faith changed as a result of your college education, personal relationships, or cultural experiences?
What, if anything, does spirituality and God have to do with college life?
We want to publish your true stories of faith and life in college! The book of collected essays will be arranged by topic areas. Essay topics may include:
- faith, doubt, and struggles to believe
- sex and sexuality
- service learning
- faith off campus
- does God have a plan for me?
- relationships with those of other faiths and no faith
While the book is intended particularly to resource Christian congregations and church-related colleges, stories from those of many faith traditions — or no faith tradition — are welcomed. In short: essays addressing any experience of faith and life in college will be considered for publication.
Please submit a clean and polished Word file noting your full contact information to, email@example.com by July 15, 2013. Authors of essays selected for inclusion in the collection will be notified by late summer.
Age Limit: Writers should be 18 to 30 years old. Word Count: Aim for 6-14 pages, double-spaced. Submission Process: This is an open submissions process. Publisher: The book is under contract with Alban Publishing.