Art as Ministry- Ruminate So Far

by Brianna Van Dyke November 24, 2008

Dear Ruminate Readers, This is our first ever support letter and marks the start of what we hope will become an annual fundraising campaign to help sustain RuminateWe hope you will prayerfully consider Ruminate's needs and if you are able, make a tax-deductible donation. Ruminate exists as a result of the generosity of our supporters and the loyalty of our readers—we thank you for your support.

As many of you may know, Ruminate began publication two years ago... It is remarkable that things have grown so much in just two years—that we have gone from our pioneer issue to a publication that has a circulation of over 1000 readers and features award-winning contributors like Frederick Buechner and Luci Shaw. And this hasn't gone unnoticed.

The literary world has been surprised by Ruminate's quality and grace-filled pages.  A review from a top literary magazine database said, "Ruminate does what all good art should do: it challenges expectations. Just prepare to be surprised." (New Pages, Oct. 2007) And the Christian world has been similarly surprised by Ruminate's presence. The Banner, a magazine of the Christian Reformed Church, reviewed Ruminate writing "Ruminate is establishing itself as one of the finest Christian magazines dedicated to the ties between faith, art, and literature."

Ruminate is connecting worlds and breaking stereotypes. It’s creating an unlikely community of poets, students, Buddhist scholars, professors, the pheasant farmer in Montana, librarians, Pulitzer prize nominees, photographers, readers, painters, and pastors, to name a few.

Together, this community is revealing how Ruminate is much more than a literary magazine; it's a ministry. And it's a ministry creating space for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, to reflect and wrestle with the truly big things of this world—knowing and trusting that our God will wrestle back.

Our email box is evidence of this.  We receive countless letters from readers and submitters who are both thrilled and grateful to discover Ruminate.  One new reader recently wrote:

"I have often longed for a publication that allowed for the art and literature of confessing Christians but didn't require them to check the complexities and ambiguities of life at the door. Thank you for what you do."
Another reader, a young college student and poet, told us:
"I have been deeply touched by the work I have read in your magazine. Every time I pick it up, I find myself stopping, pushing aside thoughts about school, getting a new job, what movie I should go see with my friends. It makes me pause and consider more deeply who I really am as a person in the Lord, made in His image.”
We want to keep impacting and touching lives. And although interest in Ruminate is growing, so are our needs.
  • We need contest sponsorship to maintain our annual poetry contest and short story contest. These writing contests award a talented poet and fiction writer with well-deserving and seldom seen prize money and accolades.
  • The costs of printing have increased, and we need help maintaining our standard of high quality printing and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC-Certified) paper.
  • Our staff needs to raise support for part-time salaries in 2009.

All of this is very exciting. Over the past two years, the success of Ruminate has been possible through the hardworking hours of our staff and through funds from our own pocket and our friends and family, but this is no longer feasible.

Our goal for 2009 is to raise $55,000, and we need to raise $30,000 of that by March. Right now, our projected subscriptions only cover $8,000 of that goal. We need your financial support and prayers to continue Ruminate. Please consider becoming a monthly supporter or giving a one-time donation. We are relying on the response we receive from this support letter to help continue the work we've started.

If just 300 people who read this blog entry decided to give $15 a month or gave a one-time donation of $120, we could meet our goal for 2009! Deciding to give a gift—whatever the amount—will make it possible for us to continue engaging faith in literature and art and ministering to the art community. We hope you will join us. And thank you, as always, for believing in Ruminate. If you would like more information about Ruminate and its ministry, please don't hesitate to contact us! With much gratitude,

Brianna Van Dyke
Editor-in-Chief

 

Ruminate is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.

p.s. a gift subscription to Ruminate makes a great Christmas gift for writers and artists!


Brianna Van Dyke
Brianna Van Dyke

Author

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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