Mission
Moyo seeks to create a global community that identifies and engages issues people care about so faith and justice are understood as integrated approaches to spiritual life. As an interactive website created by The Upper Room and Global Ministries, Moyo invites participants to combine the “being” and “doing” of life.

At Moyo, a person can:

Encounter – Confront issues of global import.
Reflect – Consider how these issues inspire you.
Act – Discover ways to put new insights into action. 

General Information
Our goal is to create a space for community where shared values, beliefs and inner experience inform our choices, priorities and influence across the globe.

This is accomplished through a Guide, which starts with an Encounter, and then gives visitors a choice of a Reflection or Action. Additionally, The Feed, Moyo’s blog-like format, updates visitors on our various topics and other relevant events from around the world.

Audience
Moyo is global, for all people interested in spirituality and social justice. We envision our readers to be young adults, including persons of many cultures and ethnic backgrounds. 

Style and Format
We are looking for submissions for Encounters, Reflections, Actions, and The Feed.

Encounter – An experience that introduces specific facets about a Moyo topic or provides a fascinating angle to address that topic. (If written, should be around 300-400 words or less)
Reflection – A reflective, spiritual experience that allows visitors to think more deeply about a Moyo topic and dig more deeply into the Encounter. (If written, 300-400 words or less)
Action – Offers ways for visitors to take the Encounter and Reflection into the “real world.” Offers ways to take action on the issue. Ex: Resources or tools to address the topic in a visitor’s everyday life.
The Feed – A blog-like piece that connects to the topics on the website or to other important global issues. (around 500 words)

We are looking for more than prose writing! We also accept videos, photography, poetry, and other creative experiences for Encounters, Reflections, Actions, or The Feed. Feel free to submit a full Guide.

Submit for a Topic
We make selections based on a list of upcoming topics (see topic list), but we will consider content across all kinds of justice/spirituality issues for future content. If the content is written, please submit it in Word document format to allow for editing. For other types of content (video, photography, etc.), please submit it in an accessible format. Please specify the kind of submission (Encounter, Reflection, Action, or The Feed) in your submission. 

Notification
We will notify submitters whose work is or is not accepted for the website. We do not provide monetary compensation, but will credit you and are happy to link to a personal website or provide contact information. 

Copyright Information
We reserve the right to edit the submission but will contact you for approval if the changes are significant. Please review our Terms of Use for more complete submissions/content policy.

Questions? Contact: Lindsay Gray (lgray@upperroom.org)

Education is a concept and tool that, even when it is inaccessible, is recognized as essential for a healthy and just society. However, we often take for granted who has access to quality education, and even education itself. Why do some have access to quality education while others lack basic educational requirements? In what ways have we enabled our education systems to be discriminatory and unfunded? Let’s come together to imagine, discover, and develop a holistic understanding by exploring: What is education? What does it mean, and why does it matter? What might a holistically educated society look like, and how do we get there? What opportunities exist for strengthening both access to and quality of education? What can every day individuals do to support strong and equitable education for communities around the world?

Launch Date: January 2018
Money is one of those inevitable concepts that is ingrained in how society and many institutions work. However, having resources often leads to the development of a love for monetary advantages. This idolatrous love can then lead to a life that yearns for more, because with money often comes power. How do we recognize our selfish love for money? Why do institutions, nations, and individuals feel more powerful when they have more resources? It is when we recognize the desire for more that we can then be good stewards of what we have? What constitutes being a good steward of our resources? Stewardship is not simply about giving, it is the way in which we view the things we have and value. How can we expand the idea of stewardship beyond the concept of money? In what ways can we view stewardship in order to change society’s norms and further bring justice to our broken world?

Launch Date: November 2017
Mission and Partnership. ‘Voluntourism’ and Stewardship. As a people of faith, we are called to be agents of change but what constitutes that change? Mission has changed over the years from faith sharing ‘westernization’ to creating spaces for mutual learning and growth. We are not a perfect people but we long to do good in a world that often distorts our views of what others need. How can people of faith honor the authentic personalities and communities of the people we serve? What is the role of partnership in mission? How can we build sustainable partnerships and relationships that build mutual growth? How can mission and advocacy be reciprocal?


Launch Date: September 2017
Technology has enabled us to communicate in ways that we never dreamed of before computers. We reach out to others regularly through computer screens, smart phones, social media, and apps—sometimes even preferring digital communication over face-to-face. However, technology has made it easier than ever to form online communities with people who live far away and to learn about others. Does technology bring us together or drive us apart? Have we allowed technology to limit our creativity? Technology is used to facilitate worship services as well as share devotionals, support causes, and express sympathies. Is it possible to integrate technology into our spiritual lives? We know that advances in technology have increased the demand for cheap labor and cheap parts, which harms the environment and people.  What is our responsibility with technology when we use it as a tool for faith communities? Is true connection possible in the digital age? How are people of faith called to be connected?

Launch Date: July 2017
Conflict is a necessary part of our lives. It can flare up among families, churches, political parties, nations, and other groups. Some communities seem to be in constant conflict. In extreme cases, conflict can lead to violence and war. Would there be war if we knew how to handle conflict well? Is war ever justified? We know that evil exists in ourselves, our communities, and our world—but who gets to define what is good and what is evil? Do we recognize the evils in our own lives well enough to name them? Is all conflict the result of evil? How does faith change the way we approach conflict? What are healthy ways to engage conflict? Does a healthy approach to conflict always lead to a resolution? Are there some conflicts that can't be resolved?

Launch Date: May 2017
Caring for creation and living sustainably have many layers and cause us to question the decisions we make on a daily basis. Should we go vegetarian? Buy local produce? What about the wages of people who pick our produce? Does recycling really help? Am I using too much water? Producing too much trash? What is my responsibility to my environment? It can be tempting to give up altogether. But as the effects of climate change become more real by the day in the form of extreme weather patterns and we are constantly faced with the reality that so many people still live in poverty or food insecurity, we know that creation care and sustainability are vital. We realize that Wendell Berry was right when he wrote in his book, The Long-Legged House, “We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong.”
 
Just as we must know someone before we can properly care for them, so we must know the earth we live in before we can understand its needs and rise to meet them. What are the Earth’s needs? How do we meet them? What does sustainability look like in different regions of the world? Does each region’s responsibility come from how much it produces or how much of the world’s resources it consumes? Can we make the effort to know the earth together? What might it look like for us to align our lives with the life of creation? Where in our daily lives can we protect and serve the good of the world, trusting that it will be good for us? How can we ground these efforts in our spirituality?

Launch Date: March 2017

Hunger is one of the most universal experiences of being alive, and how we satisfy our hunger determines our way of life. “You are what you eat”--yes, but might we also be how we eat, why we eat, and who we eat with? Our daily relationship to our hunger reveals much about our place in the world. So what happens when some seek to overcome their hunger in such excess that others become enslaved to their hunger? Communities fracture, whether for want of food or for waste of it. The industrialization of food prioritizes artificial cravings above real need. The poor struggle to live; the wealthy struggle to live meaningfully. Could we pursue our common hunger in a way that draws humanity back around one table? What are some tangible ways we can know and love our neighbors by ensuring that all are fed? Can our shared need become our shared joy?

Launch Date: January 2017

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise child. But we often gloss over the messy realities this proverb can capture – no parent or parental figure can meet every need of their child. How can we support parents as they raise their children? How do systems like education and criminal justice impact the lives of children as they form their identities? In what ways can we recognize children as vital members of our faith communities? As people of faith, we’re called to be advocates for the most vulnerable, loving and caring for orphans. How do we show love and care for people without parents? What can we offer to organizations and people to support vulnerable children? How can we care for people that may have less than ideal relationships with their parents? How do our own stories as parents and/or children inform this work? 

Launch Date: November 2016

Topic Description
Politics is a contentious topic in the contemporary world. Just the mention of the word conjures images such as protests, wars, arguments, and other conflicts. Because we cannot avoid politics, how might people of faith act politically? In some countries, there is separation of church and state. In others, religion is inextricably linked to government. Whatever the situation, political rhetoric is often rife with religious language, but most of these conversations can be unhelpful and even hurtful. How can people of faith re-imagine political action and conversation that integrates spirituality? In what ways can spirituality bridge divided political lines? How can people of faith resist, work with, help, re-imagine, or challenge governments in helpful and sustainable ways? What political and theological thoughts help people of faith act and think politically?

Launch Date: September 2016
Topic Description
In certain parts of the world, there is a narrative that having a job and working hard means financial security. But this narrative is a myth, even in wealthy countries. Across the globe, many people who have full-time employment and work long, hard days struggle to support themselves and their families. No longer does having a job and a good work ethic mean that you are able to meet your basic needs. Rather, economic insecurity puts families in a precarious position – many people are only one unlucky event away from slipping into poverty. Along with the economically insecure, people who live in poverty or those without homes or jobs do not have the luxury to think about quality of life; they are just trying to survive. What role do people of faith have in addressing the economic insecurity of people around the world? How can we help provide sanctuary (safe places, secure communities) for the economically insecure? In what ways can we stand in solidarity with all people, economically insecure or otherwise, through spirituality and social justice?

Launch Date: July 2016
Topic Description
Why do people go to church on Sunday or a mosque for Friday prayer or a synagogue for Shabbat? Often, people who attend worship regularly cite need for community as one reason they attend. But what does the word "community” mean? What does it look like? Throughout history, our religious affiliations have ordered our communities, but today religious communities are shifting. Sometimes the lines are blurred and traditions blend, and at other times conflict, rhetoric, or change seems to throw differences among communities into sharp relief. How does religion and faith shape what communities we are a part of? How can we re-imagine community outside of churches or formal worship settings? How can established churches and religious structures welcome new ideas about living together during times of transformation? With developments in technology, how are our religious communities changing? As the world grows smaller because of globalization, what does it look like to be in community with people from other cultures? How can we use religion as a tool to unite people in different communities rather than create boundaries?

Launch Date: May 2016

Topic Description
Who am I? This question of identity follows us through our lives, wrapping itself up in our experiences and interactions with other people. But what role does gender play in the discovery of identity? How do notions of masculinity and femininity influence our understanding of self? Across the globe, thinking critically about the role genders plays in identity formation is vital because many forms of oppression derive from gender biases and prejudices. How do cultural ideas of gender influence spirituality? Where have you observed or experienced gender inequity and oppression? How can the way we view gender be re-imagined? How would this re-imagining bring more openness and compassion to a journey of identity?     

Launch Date: March 2016

Topic Description
Movement and migration. Borders and boundaries. Who gets to live where and why? In this time of mass migration, stranded refugees, and immigration debates, fear seems to be driving people’s responses and actions. This fear can lead to ignoring the plights of migrants or even transform into violence. How can we re-frame the conversation about these issues beyond fear, offering new ways of thinking about migration and refuge? How do we receive all migrants as neighbors? When people leave home by force or choice, how can they find a “home” in a new place? Or how can they find it within themselves? For those who have migrated or are children of migrants, what stories do you carry and how do these stories affect your experience? What does it look like to offer refuge? How can we begin to see an unfamiliar place as a place of refuge? 

Launch Date: November 2015
Topic Description
Freedom – in its many forms – is something we all strive for. The contemplative life orients us toward release from the limiting ideas and institutions of this world. Modern works of justice seek to free those who are held captive to power. Yet, in our daily life, how do we unknowingly perpetuate bondage – both literal and figurative? The Moyo Team invites you to reflect on enslavement and freedom. What ideas or institutions perpetuate captivity? What circumstances do you feel trapped by? Where do you find freedom? How do we cooperate as global citizens to ensure that all might live free? Consider, also, the boundary between enslavement and freedom. Can our desire for freedom enslave others? Are we called to forgo certain kinds of independence to ensure corporate freedom? As you look inward toward self and outward toward others, try to discern where you recognize freedom. What do you see? How do we get there?

Launch Date: January 2016
Topic Description
In our world, there are visible racial differences – we look different, and we have different skin colors and physical characteristics. Racial differences have also come to symbolize cultural dissimilarity. In other words, a lot of people believe there is a natural connection between the way people look and what they think and do. Yet these cultural differences are not inherent, but have been created and constructed over time. Because of culturally constructed ideas about race, racial difference is the great dividing line of the world, a division that has given privilege to some and caused tremendous violence and suffering to others. As people of faith we have an opportunity to re-imagine these dividing lines. To understand the meaning of race in our time and place, it’s necessary for us to pay attention to the stories cultural bias tells us about racial difference. We must analyze these stories, metaphors, and stereotypes we hear on a daily basis. In what ways has the concept of race affected you? How can we celebrate difference while also recognizing the connections between racial groups? In what ways can awareness of the culturally constructed nature of race help to heal old wounds and imagine new ways of living together?

Launch Date: September 2015

Topic Description
We all recognize the images of disaster. Fires blazing in forests. Distraught families standing in front of flattened homes. Boards nailed over windows and palm trees bending at the base. Whether a natural event or man-made disaster, catastrophes devastate people and communities affected by them. When we see the images of disaster, most of us want to do something. But what’s the best way to respond? Many people and organizations are starting to imagine new ways of helping with disaster recovery, focusing on long-term community restoration and viewing people as survivors rather than victims. As people trying to show love to those who experience overwhelming events, how can we respond to disasters in such a way that allows survivors to maintain their human dignity? What kind of language should we use to describe recovery efforts? How can we examine our failures in providing real and beneficial recovery? What can we do to create new, spiritually driven, justice-oriented and sustainable responses?

Launch Date: July 2015

Topic Description
Water is life – humans can’t live without it, plants need it to survive. It is little wonder that the great spiritual traditions of our world turn to water as a metaphor for the flow of energy that drives every human life and unites all communities. But when water is scarce or misused, creation wanes and human life suffers. Wars rage when rivers run dry. Education halts or ceases or stagnates when water is far away. Inadequate sanitation harbors disease. Dehydration heralds death. As you reflect on the necessity of water for life on earth, how does the limited access to clean water affect those around the globe? In what ways can we, through justice work and spiritual reflection, recognize the need for water and provide it to restore human and natural life? 
 
Launch date: July 2015