Who We Are

Our Name

The word "synesis" comes from the original Greek translation of the Bible’s New Testament. It appears seven times, including in Ephesians 3:4, which reads, “In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ” (NIV). Here, "synesis" is translated as insight, but it is also commonly translated as reason, conscience, realization, or a bright and sudden (but not temporary) understanding sent by God. We believe this meaning captures the goal of our journal - to lead our audience to this kind of insight into the gospel of Jesus Christ and illustrate how the gospel can reciprocally guide all of life.


Our Mission

Consistent with the meaning of our name "Synesis," we are a journal of Christian thought and expression that strives to be a platform for thoughtful and creative articulation of a Christian worldview. We aim to promote dialogue around Christianity and its relevance to all areas of life and the university.


What We Believe

To unify the beliefs which guide all works contributing to our publication, we adopt the Nicene Creed:


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day, he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.



Membership may be granted to any current Vanderbilt student who publishes an article, story, art piece, or other work as part of the Vanderbilt Synesis. Membership may be granted to anyone elected to a position on the Editorial Board. Membership shall be granted regardless of race, religion, sex, or disability.



The officers of the Vanderbilt Synesis shall comprise the Editorial Board. Officer positions include Editor-in-Chief, Executive Editor, Managing Editor, and other members or editors appointed to the Editorial Board as needed.


The Editor-in-Chief shall be the executive officer of the Vanderbilt Synesis and shall have general supervision of its publication as well as administrative responsibilities.


The Executive Editor shall share managerial and administrative responsibilities with the Editor-in-Chief as well as have business responsibilities.


The Managing Editor shall have primary responsibilities over the finances, funds, and publishing details of the Vanderbilt Synesis, as well as have editorial and administrative responsibilities.


Other members of the Editorial Board shall have administrative responsibilities, which include decisions regarding the publication of the Vanderbilt Synesis each semester. The administrative responsibilities will be shared by all members of the Editorial Board.


In addition, all members will have editorial responsibilities of the works to be included in the Synesis.



Any undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University, member or not, may be nominated for an officer position. Nominated individuals shall be selected to the Editorial Board in a process overseen by the current Editorial Board.



Meetings of the Vanderbilt Synesis shall be held regularly and as necessary for the Editorial Board to make decisions regarding the publication of the Synesis, the works to be included in it, business material, elections, etc. The Editor-in- Chief shall communicate with officers and members when meetings are to take place and shall head the meetings. In the event that the Editor-in- Chief cannot be present or the topic of the meeting calls for another head of the meeting, the Editor-in- Chief shall designate another person to lead the meeting.




Vanderbilt Synesis is not operated by Vanderbilt University. The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of Vanderbilt University or its official representatives. Vanderbilt® and the Vanderbilt logos are registered trademarks of The Vanderbilt University. © 2017 Vanderbilt University