Mission Statement: Córdoba Magazine is an interfaith arts journal with an aim to promote art as an avenue for fostering interreligious dialogue among Bay Area artists, scholars, faith leaders, and activists.
While most of Europe was in the shadow of the Dark Ages, Córdoba, a city in Spain, was flourishing. Scholars and artists from different faith traditions exchanged ideas with each other in what was a pluralistic society. When a Moorish Army destroyed most Christian churches in Córdoba, Christians and Muslims shared worship space in Saint Vincent Church. Córdoba was also a center of learning–universities were established and an impressive library housed books on subjects such as philosophy, astronomy, and medicine. Though Córdoba was not without problems, people from different faith traditions were able to live in peace together without fear of persecution. This pluralism continued for generations until some political struggles emerged around 1,000 CE and Córdoba lost its prosperity.
What is pluralism? Pluralism is when a society actively engages with religious difference instead of merely “tolerating” diversity. As Harvard professor Diana Eck says, “diversity is a fact and pluralism is an achievement.” Pluralism requires religious, spiritual, and secular people to cross lines of difference in order to understand each other and work together to create a just society.
Córdoba Magazine believes that art is crucial in interreligious dialogue because both thrive on conflict. Conflict and contrast is what makes stories and art moving, and interreligious dialogue is richest when we discuss differences between religions and not just what they have in common. Art and interreligious dialogue are also best when they are vulnerable. Pluralism cannot be achieved by talking about the weather over tea.
We welcome writers and artists who are religious, secular, or spiritual but not religious to write about religion. This includes the Abrahamic faith traditions, Eastern religions and philosophies, indigenous traditions, secular identities, and interfaith identities. Whether you are religious or not, religion is key to how we structure and understand our societies.
About the Managing Editor:
Paige Foreman is pursuing a Masters in Social Transformation degree at PSR, studying the intersection between interreligious dialogue, social justice work, and the arts. Prior to PSR, she studied at Gallaudet University and earned two B.A. degrees in English and Philosophy, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with University Honors. Her research as an undergraduate centered on doing philosophy through literature and Deaf philosophy of music. After PSR, she hopes to pursue doctoral work in religious studies.
Paige is a “renaissance soul” and has a wide range of interests, but she considers herself a writer at heart, and writing is how she does interreligious dialogue and social justice activism. She is a journalist, novelist, performance poet, and composer.
When Paige is not contemplating the meaning of life or figuring out how to achieve world peace, you can find her swimming in the bay, playing piano, or doing karate.