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Plough Quarterly

Breaking Ground for a Renewed World


In Issue 10: What Makes Humans Sacred?

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Plough Quarterly is a magazine of stories, ideas, and culture to inspire faith and action. Bold, hope-filled, and down-to-earth, it features thought-provoking articles, commentary, interviews, short fiction, book reviews, poetry and art.

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Each issue brings together essential voices from many traditions to give you fresh insights on a core theme such as peacemaking, biblical justice, children and family, building community, man and woman, nature and the environment, nonviolence, or simple living.

Challenge your mind, raise your spirits, strengthen your faith.
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About Plough Quarterly

Plough Quarterly is published by the Bruderhof, an international community of people seeking to follow Jesus together. Members of the Bruderhof are committed to a way of radical discipleship in the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount. Inspired by the first church in Jerusalem (Acts 2 and 4), members renounce private property and share everything in common in a life of service to God, one another, and neighbors near and far.

The community includes families and single people from a wide range of backgrounds, with around 2,700 people in all. There are twenty-three Bruderhof settlements in both rural and urban locations in the United States, England, Germany, Australia, and Paraguay.

To learn more, arrange a visit, or check out blogs or videos with perspectives from Bruderhof members, see the community’s website at ­

Plough Quarterly features original stories, ideas, and culture to inspire everyday faith and action. Starting from the conviction that the teachings and example of Jesus can transform and renew our world, we aim to apply them to all aspects of life, seeking common ground with all people of goodwill regardless of creed. The goal of Plough Quarterly is to build a living network of readers, contributors, and practitioners so that, in the words of Hebrews, we may “spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

Plough Quarterly includes contributions that we believe are worthy of our readers’ consideration, whether or not we fully agree with them. Views expressed by contributors are their own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Plough or of the Bruderhof communities.

Editors: Peter Mommsen, Sam Hine, Maureen Swinger. Art director: Emily Alexander. Online editor: Erna Albertz.
Founding editor: Eberhard Arnold (1883–1935).