Ruminate is a contemplative literary arts magazine and community that invites slowing down and paying attention, embracing beauty that is complex, and doing small things with great love (as Mother Teresa said). 

We are seeking new volunteer board members for our board of directors. We welcome prospective board members from all faith traditions and/or an interest in comtemplative spirituality. Prospective members should also have an interest in contemporary literature and/or visual art. 

We strongly encourage people of color, women, LBGTQ folks, formerly incarcerated, and differently-abled people to apply.

Board members can serve from any location. In your statement of interest letter, please tell us about your experience and background as well as why you think you'd be a good fit for the Ruminate board of directors. If you know your Enneagram type and/or your StrengthsFinder top five strengths, please include that info as well. 

Please send us an email to if you know someone you think would be a good fit for Ruminate's board. 

About our board:

Our board's gift, service, and function is to lovingly oversee and support Ruminate's finances and fundraising efforts from a holistic and contemplative posture. Together, our board members will live out the invitation they are asking of our donors by investing resources God has given them—their energy, prayers, and money—in the work of Ruminate to which we've been called. We join Henri Nouwen in understanding fundraising as a place where “those who need money and those who can give money meet on the common ground of God’s love."

On a practical level, the board lives this out together by holding Ruminate in their prayer life, participating in board meetings twice a year (can be done remotely), participating in quarterly email check-ins, working on smaller fundraising committees, and by making an annual personal financial contribution to Ruminate at a level that is meaningful to them. We are also working toward having an optional annual board members retreat—a time to grow and be nourished together. Board members serve for a three-year term with a one-time option to renew.

On an organizational level, our board helps us integrate our contemplative spiritual approach into the organizational context, including our finances and the function of our board. We are cultivating methods and processes that create a mindful, attentive, curious, compassionate, and listening organization that is more effective in serving our community, and this is also true for our board.

On an individual level, we're looking for board members who are passionate about our contemplative mission to help readers encounter stories and art that awaken their hearts by growing more compassion, curiosity, and creativity in their lives. We are working toward building a board whose diversity of thought, ideas, life experience, and skills broadly reflects our readers, artists, and patrons. The ideal board candidate is inspired by the sensibility and spirit of our publication and understands that Ruminate is more than just another arts magazine and that this is more than just another nonprofit board.        


  • Commitment to Ruminate's mission
  • Informed, available, and engaged
  • Personally practicing Ruminate's mission of living awake with more compassion, curiosity and creativity
  • Previous nonprofit or board experience a plus