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Geez Magazine
Geez Magazine Cover.png
Frequency Quarterly
Company Geez Press Inc.
Country Canada
Language English
Website geezmagazine.org

Geez is an independent quarterly Canadian magazine dealing with issues of spirituality, social justice, religion, and progressive cultural politics. The tagline of Geez is "holy mischief in an age of fast faith".[1] Geez is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and distributes in Canada, the U.S and abroad. Founded by Aiden Enns (Buy Nothing Christmas) and Will Braun, Geez looks at religion, spirituality, and politics through the eyes of its readers. Geez is known for its pointed illustrations,[2] clever graphics and unique combination of satire, critique, social consciousness, and quirkiness.[3]

History[edit]

The founder of Geez magazine, Aiden Enns, originally had the idea of the magazine in 2003 while he was working as managing editor at Adbusters in Vancouver. Enns then moved to Winnipeg and recruited writer and activist Will Braun who came on board as co-editor and co-publisher.

The first issue of Geez was published in Fall 2005 with an initial 500 paying subscribers and no advertising revenue. In the first year, the number of subscribers climbed to 2,000.

In 2009, Geez moved its hub from Enns' home to a community-minded church in Winnipeg's inner-city (Knox United Church).

In 2010, Geez celebrated its 5th anniversary. At the time, Darin Barney, the Canadian Research Chair in Technology and Citizenship said, Geez is one of the "smartest kind of progressive, critical, lefty magazines."[4]

From the beginning, the aim of Geez was to "put the 'geez' into Jesus."[5] A religious magazine for a new generation of Christians and post-Christians, the up-and-coming magazine wanted a short, provocative name that risked offending more conservative readers. Some consider the name blasphemous because it's an expletive derived from the name of Jesus.[6]

Awards[edit]

Geez has garnered many awards: 2007: Magazine of the Year Award, from Canada's Western Magazine Awards.[7]

2008: First Place for General Excellence from Canadian Church Press.

2010: Best in Class from Associated Church Press.

2009: A.C Forrest Memorial Award from Canadian Church Press for "socially conscious religious journalism" for Will Braun's investigative article, "Can I get an Amen? Mega-sermons in a hurting world." [8]

2009: Best Spiritual Coverage from Unte Independent Press Awards.[9]

2011: First Place for Service Journalism from Canadian Church Press.[10]

2013: Five awards from Canadian Church Press, including top honors for best poetry, original illustration, layout and design of an issue, and photography.[11]

Regular Sections[edit]

In addition to a large feature section, Geez has several different sections: Culturosities (arts and culture), Experiments, Civil Disobedience, Reviews, Feministry, updates from Christian Peacemaker Teams, and highlights from the LGBTQ community.

Media Reports & Comments[edit]

In 2006, Mary Hynes from CBC Radio Tapestry did a feature interview with Aiden Enns and Will Braun.

In July 2007, the National Post called the presentation of the magazine "intriguing".[12]

Geez is a "unique combination of satire, critique, social consciousness, and just plain quirkiness," Brenda Suderman, August 2007, the Winnipeg Free Press.[13]

"Restless questioning gives the magazine it's edgy tone," Caley Moore, November 2007, The United Church Observer.[14]

"In each quarterly issue of Geez, people of faith are invited to challenge structures of power and embody joyful alternatives," Christina Crook, January 2008, BC Christian News.[15]

The magazine is an "exasperated exclamation derived from Jesus' name that some Christians consider to be blasphemous," Julia Duin, July 2009,The Washington Times.[16]

In 2010, Michael Enright from The Sunday Edition interviewed Aiden Enns.

"Readers were so in love with the cheeky, contrarian 'post-Christian' quarterly that many were paying more than the annual $35 subscription to ensure its survival," Leslie Scrivener, January 2011, The Toronto Star.[17]

"It pokes, piques and prods Christians, and the unconverted among its readers to lie out the revolutionary values of Jesus in a consumer-driven, post-modern, materialist world," Nancy Haught, The Portland Oregonian, April 2006.[18]

"A stylish magazine in the tradition of Adbusters and Mother Jones . . . a surprisingly hip, bold take on Christianity," Gloria Kim, Maclean's, January 2005.[19]

"The magazine tries to ask questions that we normally don't ask . . . They take the work they're doing seriously. But they don't take themselves all that seriously," Bill Phipps, as quoted in United Church Observer, November 2007.[20]

Geez pushes "the edge of respectability in a subversive, ecological, visionary way," Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, March 2007.[21]

"Shows no signs of disappearing," Lauren Parsons, The Uniter, December 2010.[22]

"Geez is very good at opening minds to creative ways of seeing the world and pursuing social justice," Samantha Rideout, January 2011, United Church Observer.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [Geez Magazine http://www.geezmagazine.org/]
  2. ^ [The Vancouver Sun, March 2007, Douglas Todd http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=44a1b781-2a01-4ffa-8906-88759e5e77c2]
  3. ^ [Winnipeg Free Press, August 2007, Brenda Suderman http://www.geezmagazine.org/about/press/city-pairs-feisty-publication-nabs-3-secular-awards/]
  4. ^ [The Toronto Star, January 2011, Leslie Scrivener http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/01/07/a_faith_magazine_for_the_unchurchable.html]
  5. ^ [Maclean's, January 2005, Gloria Kim http://www.macleans.ca/culture/media/article.jsp?content=20060109_118916_118916]
  6. ^ [Washington Times, July 2009, Julia Duin http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/05/duin-magazine-takes-soft-sell-approach/?page=all]
  7. ^ [Winnipeg Free Press, August 2007, Brenda Suderman http://www.geezmagazine.org/about/press/city-pairs-feisty-publication-nabs-3-secular-awards/]
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  12. ^ [The National Post, July 2007 http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/artslife/story.html?id=3128c438-03c6-4605-84b4-a00bffc9d709&k=81412]
  13. ^ [Winnipeg Free Press, August 2007, Brenda Suderman http://www.geezmagazine.org/about/press/city-pairs-feisty-publication-nabs-3-secular-awards/]
  14. ^ [The United Church Observer, November 2007, Caley Moore http://www.geezmagazine.org/about/press/holy-mischief/]
  15. ^ [BC Christian News, January 2008, Christina Crook http://www.geezmagazine.org/about/press/geez-culture-jamming-just-like-jesus/]
  16. ^ [The Washington Times, July 2009, Julia Duin http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/05/duin-magazine-takes-soft-sell-approach/?page=all]
  17. ^ [The Toronto Star, January 2011, Leslie Scrivener http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2011/01/07/a_faith_magazine_for_the_unchurchable.html]
  18. ^ [The Portland Oregonian, April 2006, Nancy Haught http://www.geezmagazine.org/about/press/ethics-values-faith-journal-spreads-holy-mischief/]
  19. ^ [Maclean's, January 2005, Gloria Kim http://www.macleans.ca/culture/media/article.jsp?content=20060109_118916_118916]
  20. ^ [The United Church Observer, November 2007, Caley Moore http://www.geezmagazine.org/about/press/holy-mischief/]
  21. ^ [The Vancouver Sun, March 2007, Douglas Todd http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/editorial/story.html?id=44a1b781-2a01-4ffa-8906-88759e5e77c2]
  22. ^ [The Uniter, December 2010, Lauren Parsons http://uniter.ca/view/5475]
  23. ^ [The United Church Observer, January 2011, Samantha Rideout http://www.ucobserver.org/arts/2011/01/geez/]