Clerestory Magazine provides space for writers, artists, activists, and seekers to explore personal experience, social issues, and culture through contemplative modes of storytelling and inquiry.
A clerestory (pronounced clear-story) window allows light and air into the body of a church. Likewise, Clerestory essays, articles, and interviews breathe life into discussions complex subjects, institutions, and issues. Each story, each storyteller, is like a window through which the pain and beauty of the human experience shine.
The millennial and Gen Z generations are tasked with solving unwieldy problems like climate change, humanitarian crises, racial injustice, and economic inequality. The solutions we need are not only material, they are existential and spiritual as well.
By listening to the lived experiences and perspectives of others, we learn to hold difference, wisdom, beauty, becoming, vulnerability, and suffering, more tenderly. This witnessing not only helps us grow; it also helps the world evolve into a more humane place.
May these “clerestories” let light and air into your ways of knowing yourself, understanding the world, and being, in relationship and in community.
Clerestory is shaped on Erie and Mississauga land.
Sarah James is the editor and director of Clerestory Magazine and the Clerestory Podcast. A graduate of Middlebury and Yale, Sarah is a biracial South Indian-American woman of color, an INFJ, and a writer. Her writing appears elsewhere in The Porch, Earth & Altar, and Darling, among others.
She currently studies contemplative religion at the Living School for Action and Contemplation.