Three Years of Conciliar Post
“God is a God not of disorder but of peace.” (1 Cor 14:33)
It has been a banner year for Conciliar Post. We have composed a new “About” page that updates our mission and looks ahead to the future. We have revised and simplified our leadership structure. We have added an SSL security certificate, and are now backing up the website daily. We would also like to share some encouraging statistics:
- As of today, we have published a total of 895 articles in various categories, including: Art and Literature, Christian Traditions, Politics and Current Events, Life and Faith, Reviews, and Theology and Spirituality.
- Our community members have participated in 22 Round Table Discussions, with the following entries appearing in the past year: Hell and Universalism, Suffering, The Purpose of the Local Church, and Angels and Demons. We’re excited to continue these in the future.
- We have welcomed 12 new authors and contributors this year: Wesley Walker, Timon Cline, Jarrett Dickey, Daniel Hyland, Christian McGuire, Jacob Quick, Larry Brown, Mike Landsman, AJ Maynard, Elizabeth Roosje, Mark Green, and Rebecca Barrett. As always, we invite contributions from a broad diversity of Christian traditions.
- Our “dialogue” and “ask” sessions continue to hum along, and we ask that you invite others to “like” our growing Facebook page, which now reaches nearly 700 people. In the coming year we hope to expand our social media outreach even further.
Thank you for journeying with us over the past three years. We are very grateful for the Conciliar Post community, which continues to serve as a unique resource for all who are interested in charitable dialogue across Christian traditions. I believe these words from last year’s anniversary post still ring true:
Even as discourse across the internet becomes more and more chaotic, fragmented, and polarizing, it is a comfort to see in Conciliar Post a safe harbor, a place of respite, an intentional community where the old adage “think before you speak” is observed.
I would especially like to thank those who have edited for us in the past year, without whom none of what you see would be possible: Jody Byrkett, John Ehrett, Andrew Fisher, Wesley Walker, Jeff Reid, Benjamin Cabe, and Jacob Prahlow.
Good things do come in threes. We look forward to many more years of dialogue, as we travel the road toward God together, seeking to foster an ecumenical spirit among Christian communities.
Your Fellow Wayfarer and Friend in Christ,
–Ben Winter, Editor-in-Chief [On Behalf of the Editorial Team]
Thanks for letting me join the conversation this past year!
Shout out to Andrew Fisher, whose name most of you probably do not see very often, but who edits a lion’s share of our articles (including mine). Thank you for your tireless work behind the scenes, for your attention to grammatical detail, for your deft writing and editing abilities, for helping me get unstuck so many times, for calling me to better writing, and for your patience and grace—even when I turn in late pieces.
Also to Ben Winter, whose innovations behind the scenes keep the site running quickly and safely, who knows when to take and when to share responsibility, who wears many hats and writes many e-mails, who calls out the good/potential he sees in others, and who encourages our whole editorial team in our work.
Also to John, Wesley, Micah, Jake, Ben C, and Jeff—each of you has backed up me up when I needed to hand you a piece when I’ve been on vacation or am crazy at work…even though each of you also lead quite full lives. I am grateful to work with a team of folks who pour so much time, thought, effort, and your own finances into making Conciliar Post what it is—a place to have thoughtful, artful, genuine, and generous discussions across each of our traditions (and many more).
Here’s hail! to the rest of the road. . .