give peace a voice in washington

When you become a Liberatus Advocate for as little as $5 a month, you give professionals in politics and government a creative home to explore the peace of Christ through creative writing.

But it’s not only for them. Giving the peace of Christ a voice in Washington can give all of us peace.

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how can the peace of christ remake politics?

 

Contemplation

As children of God, led by the Spirit of God, we can know ourselves as beloved and seek wisdom instead of ideology and partisanship.

Community

Living life from the Divine Center, we can advocate for and build inclusive communities instead of using fear and anger to drive us apart.

Creativity

Together we can find new solutions instead of partisan talking points, and create beautiful work that artistically reflects the goodness of God.

 

creative writing as a path to healing

To leverage creative writing as an avenue for healing and explore how the peace of Christ can remake politics at deeper levels, we’re compiling our first print volume, a roughly 200-page coffee table-style journal printed on thick matte paper with beautiful photography. The theme for Volume One is Refuge: Advocating for refugees, the displaced, and marginalized, and through this lens we hope to offer a new paradigm for how we craft political communication.

Since our founding in 2015, we’ve published 118 online journal entries across seventeen journal series from twelve writers. Along the journey, writers who have inspired us include Henri Nouwen, Laura Hillenbrand, and Robert Ludlum.

What Liberatus offers is a new category for political engagement. It’s not about a political agenda, it’s art. It’s not a call for a mass movement, it’s community. And it’s not a party platform, it’s a creative home to explore the peace of Christ.

 
Writing is not just jotting down ideas. Often we say: “I don’t know what to write. I have no thoughts worth writing down.” But much good writing emerges from the process of writing itself. As we simply sit down in front of a sheet of paper and start to express in words what is on our minds or in our hearts, new ideas emerge, ideas that can surprise us and lead us to inner places we hardly knew were there.

One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.
— Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey

Theme of volume one: refuge

Advocating for refugees, the displaced, and marginalized

The peace of Christ can heal not only how we craft political communication, but also the mindsets driving the words that we choose. Through Volume One’s theme of Refuge, we hope to offer a different paradigm, shifting from exclusion and fear to inclusion and hospitality. By learning the stories of the displaced, we hope to break apart the illusion of separateness and instead remember our shared humanity.

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give $5 monthly

To fund printing costs for Volume One and build a grassroots support network, we plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign in September 2020. We’ve been compiling journal entries for the volume since the summer of 2018, and we’re excited to roll out the final product.

When you become a Liberatus Advocate for as little as $5 a month, we’ll include your name with our list of contributors for Volume One, right alongside our writers, photographers, and board members. Plus, we’ll send you a monthly-ish behind-the-scenes look at how your monthly giving is creating a sharp rollout for the volume to reach a wider audience. Between now and the Kickstarter launch, our team will be working hard (after our full time jobs) to finish drafting, revising, photographing, and designing it.

Giving now means we can include a high-quality video introducing Volume One with the Kickstarter launch; pay freelance writers, editors, and photographers to stay on schedule; purchase a new camera for print-quality photos; display our work at a Kickstarter launch event in DC; and organize a campaign tour through the southeast to push for 1,000 backers.

Have questions or want to join us? Write to us using the form at the bottom of this page; it’ll come straight to our inbox.

Want to be the first of 300 Liberatus Advocates and Kickstarter pledges? Sign up to give as little as $5 monthly.

 
 

our vision: wholeness in politics

 

Method

To connect our concept of freedom to the values of the kingdom, redefining it for our time as the creative pursuit of truth and beauty

Mission

To pursue truth and beauty creatively through a high-quality, biannual print journal, because giving peace a voice in Washington can give all of us peace

Goal

To leverage creative writing as a path to wisdom, inclusivity, and new solutions by building relationships with and publishing journal entries from 50 writers in politics and government across the US by 2025

 
I came to Washington with high ideals and big dreams, but the reality of Capitol Hill culture came close to making me give up. However, through Liberatus I have had the opportunity to view my work through a new lens. I no longer see the workday devoid of meaning, but instead, I see it as an opportunity to speak truth and beauty into our broken system. Ideas are powerful, and I believe that God is working through Liberatus to change Capitol Hill.
— Congressional Staffer and Liberatus Writer
 

read issue 017: Visioneering

Issue 017:    Visioneering—Notes from a Trail Run   | As we compile a print journal on wholeness in politics, in this Visioneering journal series we will explore the problem in politics, the solution, and our creative challenge; how we can create a new category for political engagement; and how you can give peace a voice in Washington.  Read the series preview.

Issue 017: Visioneering—Notes from a Trail Run | As we compile a print journal on wholeness in politics, in this Visioneering journal series we will explore the problem in politics, the solution, and our creative challenge; how we can create a new category for political engagement; and how you can give peace a voice in Washington. Read the series preview.

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Liberatus—A new anthem rises

Out of three hundred million calls

To revolution.

Unity—when a community prizes

Wisdom, Wholeness, abandons all

But restoration—

Reflects beauty. Politics despises

Peace, but truth starts our upward fall

Now—we are set free!

 
 

Liberatus is a 501c3 tax-exempt, public charity. EIN: 47-3553715. Checks can be mailed to Liberatus, PO Box 4897, Alexandria, VA 22303.