Freelance theological writer for Liturgy that Matters subscription
(Remote/part-time - four positions open)
Overview of enfleshed
enfleshed creates and facilitates spiritual resources for collective liberation through prayer, liturgies, art, teaching, writing, and other meditations. Our work is largely positioned within Christian-adjacent traditions centering the wisdom, experiences, and desires of those on the fringes of dominant institutions, theologies, and politics.
Our values align with the poets, the healers, the truth-tellers, the tender and fierce, the messy and untidy, the seekers, the queers, and the strange ones across spiritual traditions. With attention to the Sacred in the flesh of the earth and all creaturely forms, we find God in the entangled, fleeting, beautiful, and aching nature of this “one wild and precious life.”
You can read about our values and practices here.
enfleshed seeks four part-time writers for our weekly Liturgy that Matters subscription. Supporting hundreds of pastors across the United States in various congregational settings, each issue offers (among other things) a cosmic, structural, and personal/interpersonal commentary on one lectionary text.
With the goal of resourcing pastors in preaching with attention to collective liberation, writers will assist in the section of sermon applications.
(View an example of an entire issue from 2018 here)
Writers are expected to:
- Contribute to one issue of Liturgy that Matters per month
- Well-research the provided lectionary text from non-dominant perspectives
- Write three essays in reflection on the text (cosmic, structural, and personal/interpersonal) and its application to the work of love and liberation in community
- Essays should be an average of 500 words per piece.
- Strongly and primarily grounded in liberation theologies
- Deeply familiar with womanist, feminist, mujerista, Black, queer, disability justice, eco theologies and biblical studies and able to integrate intersectionality across perspectives.
- Committed to and capable of the application of anti-racism in theological and biblical application
- Knowledgeable about social systems and the function of power in institutions, the church, theologies, and interpersonal/internalized dynamics
- Capable of writing in a spirit of: invitation, challenge, humility, conviction, creativity, and with little unnecessary jargon
- Writes with clarity about the ways the individual and collective are always mutually informing one another
- Enjoys working with an editor; open to feedback and mutual learning; practices humility
- Creative - not interested in regurgitating doctrine; able to incorporate the work of poets, activists, thinkers, dreamers, philosophers, etc into application of the text
- Reliable; able to regularly meet monthly deadlines
- Self-aware of limitations and assets of the writer’s social location and personal experience in approaching the text and its application
- Able to communicate clearly
- Familiar with traditional trajectories of Christian thought in order to support pastors in disrupting, reframing, or departing from harmful approaches to the text
- Able to communicate theological thought that locates the Sacred in flesh - human and otherwise - through actions, relationships, and being
- Comfortable with theologies that are playful, free, joyful, patient, and changing as much as they are serious, urgent, difficult, and risky
- Preferred: MDiv, MTS, PhD, similar equivalent, or demonstrable and significant personal investment in theological thinking and application
- Strongly Preferred: Minimum 3 years preaching or teaching theological/biblical application
Terms and hours
This is a part-time, contract position. Each writer will commit to a regular and consistent submission deadline once a month, followed by an additional approval process of edits.
This position is remote and can be conducted from any location.
Each writer will receive a rate of $400 for the completion of each monthly issue.
How to apply
Email enfleshed at firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume, brief cover letter, and one writing sample of your choice (sermon, essay, academic paper, etc) Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Starting date asap.