The Claremont Ekklesia is driven by the conviction that the Christian Gospel speaks to all of life. Born of this conviction, we hope to demonstrate that Christian faith and a vigorous, intellectual life can be pursued together, each challenging and enriching the other. In addition, we aim to use Christianity as a lens to critically examine and explore a broad range of subjects through academic scholarship, personal narrative, and creative expression. We hope our journal reflects both the unity and diversity found within the Christian faith and larger spiritual community at the Claremont Colleges. If you are interested in submitting an article, poem, art piece, etc., please contact us on our home page. Note: you do not have to be a 5C student to make a submission!
Articles selected for our blog or publication will depend on the following criteria. Our target article length is typically 800 or 1,500 words. When writing your article, please be sure to consider whether you are successfully accomplishing the following:
1. Prose: Articles must be well-written and articulate. Arguments (if any) should be clear and coherent. Transitions and organization should be smooth and sensible. Articles must be free of grammatical/spelling errors. Articles should avoid wordiness that distracts the reader and/or interrupts flow.
Consider: Would people enjoy reading the language of my article, or would it be strenuous to get through?
2. Audience: As best as possible, articles should be accessible to a broad audience. We hope to reach the average student at the Claremont Colleges; this includes people of all faith backgrounds, including those who do not identify as being religious and/or spiritual. In short, articles should have the potential to appeal to both Christians and non-Christians. Ideally, articles can engage, inspire, and challenge students regardless of their religious affiliation; in doing so, articles should be able to stir meaningful dialogue on our campuses.
Consider: Would I feel comfortable posting my article on Facebook or other social media website, for my friends/family/the public to see?
3. Originality: Articles should be original in the sense that they shed light on an issue, topic, idea, or experience from the writer’s unique perspective. Originality does not necessarily entail original theological/spiritual ideas (this is difficult, and often risky, to accomplish). Rather, originality entails being cautious when using Christian clichés, overtly Christian jargon (“Christianese”), and anything that can potentially alienate readers who are not familiar with the Christian tradition. Strive for novelty in your articles, but also allow yourself to use ideas from others!
Consider: Does my article deserve to be printed 750 times and distributed across the Claremont Colleges for students to read?
4. Thought: Articles should reflect deep thought, rather than being too shallow or simplistic. Thought is inextricably tied to originality. Articles should be able to probe an issue deeply and reflect your personal and/or intellectual investment in the topic.
Consider: Have I considered this topic deeply enough to be able to engage in thoughtful conversation with my peers about it?
The Ekklesia strives to be a community that considers seriously what it means to live righteously and fruitfully on our campuses. We aspire to foster discussion about what it means to pursue that which is good, lovely, noble, right, pure and praiseworthy. To this end, we hope that each article can offer a small glimpse into the "kingdom of heaven."
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8