Hello and Merry Christmas!
2013 has been filled with change: a new office for the Ruminate staff, the introduction of the Art Auction, where nearly fifty artists shared their work with you in support of Ruminate, and a new binding for our magazine that quite literally strengthens the spine of our magazine and its life on your bookshelf. Through it all, your support has sustained us. We ask you to continue your support of Ruminate, and join us in our Vigil for Faith and Art .
Say a prayer for the artists and support the organization that supports them by donating to Ruminate this month. Your donations light the way for new conversations about faith and art, and help Ruminate publish the voices, words, and art of over 100 contributors each year.
It’s hard to be a non-profit literary magazine in this economy, and harder still to be an arts magazine engaging faith. But Ruminate has committed itself to the nourishing rather than the convenient and seven years and thirty issues later, we still love making this beautiful print magazine
It would be easier, to abandon the printed page and restrict our publication to the digital realm. It would be cheaper too. But we believe in the power of the object—of what a perfect bound, color printed issue of Ruminate requires of you when it shows up on your doorstep. It asks you to slow down, to consider, to get lost for a while in its pages
. Art, as you know, provides no single answer, or perhaps any answer at all. Often a poem kaleidescopes into metaphor just when we think it might offer a solution; a painting lulls us into meditation, further from the binary world we so often inhabit. We are complex creatures, more than yes and no, zeroes and ones. Ruminate, for the past seven years, has gathered rich, finely wrought art that responds to this complexity.
With your help, we persevere. Your generous gifts make the statement that faith and art are important and that the two together enrich our world
. They allow us to pay our contributors and our staff, acknowledging their time and creativity, knowing that no amount we can pay them will ever measure the impact of their art.
Thank you for supporting our mission, for joining us in examining the complexities of life and faith through art. Make a tax-deductible donation today and know that every dollar goes to contributor payments and printing costs, directly supporting the publication we are so blessed to create. You can have the most impact by making a recurring monthly donation, a gift that Ruminate can count on for years to come.
And join in the conversation about faith and art by subscribing today! Use the coupon code RuminateChristmas during checkout and save 15% on your subscription, or take advantage of our gift subscription offer and share the work we publish with the people you love.
Thank you for your support, for your time and believing in our mission.
With much gratitude,
Brianna Van Dyke,
Editor in Chief
Brianna Van Dyke
Brianna Van Dyke is the founder and editor-in-chief of Ruminate. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and their two children on a working CSA farm. In addition to tending to Ruminate, she also enjoys leading retreats in the Ruminate Barn and taking retreats, too.
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