Short Takes are smart, informed essays of 700 to 800 words by experts on matters affecting the church or civil society. Essays should have a clear point of view and be supported by data or professional experience. They may address topics in the news but should still be relevant a few weeks after they are submitted. Authors should follow the magazine’s “Our Take,” “Short Take” and “Last Take” departments to avoid duplication. Authors should also provide a short description (70 words) of the professional credentials or life experience that informs their approach to the topic. Find examples of Short Takes here: http://www.americamagazine.org/section/short-take.