The last year and a half has been nothing short of a whirlwind with its ups and downs and something unexpected around every corner. If nothing else, this experience has taught us what it means to be adaptable in every aspect of our lives, and Pensive has been no exception. At the beginning of last summer, Boston reopened, and Pensive celebrated with our first in-person events. The community we created grew closer and stronger; this issue is the fruit of a community that extends from our editorial board to our readers to interfaith writers and artists around the world.
While we celebrate the diversity of voices and visions in Pensive, we recognize we’ve just begun the long journey toward becoming the radically inclusive publication we aspire to be. In future issues, we hope to reach out and engage more contributors from the Global South, and writers and artists experiencing homelessness, incarceration, and other forms of oppression.
Designing each issue of Pensive is always a collaborative endeavor. This time we worked to evoke a harmonious connection across pieces – and even across our first three issues- through repetition of images, colors, and symbols. With each design we sought to capture a moment in our journey as individuals – and even more as a community – moving through this time together, finding joy in the unexpected.
With all this in mind, we thank our extraordinary contributors and invite you to enjoy the third issue of Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality & the Arts. Please share this issue widely with your own communities, and promote the work of these poets, writers, and artists. We hope you will find as much beauty and power in these pages as we have.
– The Pensive Board