1. Musings From the Mountain showcases the writings and talents of the students, faculty, and alumni/ae of The School of Theology, of both the seminary and The Beecken Center.
  2. The objective of the articles found on this blog is to provide theological reflections on all matters of interest today — politics, health, religion, social justice, poverty, etc. They also should inspire comments from, and conversation with, the readers.
  3. There are three categories for content: article (stand alone literary piece), commentary (a perspective on a current event or publication), and sermon.
  4. All content requires topic approval before submission (please use the online form at the bottom of this page). Your topic will be reviewed and feedback will be provided within 48 hours. Please submit no more than 200 words that describe the topic of your article, along with your affiliation with The School of Theology.
  5. Interested parties are encouraged to read some of the articles that appear in our archives to get a sense of the topics that have been approved.
  6. Links to other blogs and websites are permitted in content based on review. Please include any requested links with your topic description submission.
  7. A photograph may be submitted with your content that helps to illustrate your topic.
  8. Content is subject to AP Style editing. If you are familiar, please write in that style. Otherwise, your article will be edited accordingly.
  9. Following approval of the topic and receipt of the content, expect the review and editing cycle to take about 3 weeks maximum.
  10. If your submission has been published elsewhere, or if you plan to publish it elsewhere in the future, please include that information with your topic submission.



The blog is designed to support theological conversation. Please maintain an editorial tone and make all posts non-commercial.

Author Credit

Please submit a short “about the author” paragraph/bio that has your title/position, email, website. You may also submit a headshot.


The following may be used as a guide:

  • Limit your article to no more than 800–1,000 words.
  • The first sentence needs to grab reader's attention.
  • Use short paragraphs.
  • Break up information with headers/bullets/lists where appropriate.


The editor has the option to add a rights-managed photo to each post. You may include your own photo, with proper credit information, with your post along with a short description. Please include a written release that you own all rights to the photography.


Please recommend the tags that will best complement your post.

Once submitted, all content is subject to review by the editor. Unless an entry requires complete re-creation, the copy is not sent back to the author for review prior to publication.

Thank you,
Mary Ann Patterson, editor, director of marketing and communications
The School of Theology
The University of the South
Sewanee, TN  37383


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