Geez magazine is a quarterly, non-proﬁt, ad-free, print magazine about social justice, art, and activism for people at the fringes of faith in both Canada and the US. Geez is for the over-churched, out-churched, un-churched and maybe even the un-churchable.
Our aim is to nurture a community of faith-oriented folks that are concerned about the environment, peace, racial and gender justice, decolonization, and other social concerns. At best, we offer a prophetic and provocative voice to the institutional church and a pastoral presence to those laboring at the front lines of social change.
The work of Geez is storytelling. We believe that stories are crucial to the ongoing struggles for justice — that they are part of what sustains us, gives us rest, and offers hope. Stories come out of movement and can be gifted back to movement. Geez is committed to not just raging against oppression, but offering the hope, beauty, and power alive in local communities doing their work.
Most recently: in 2020 we received eight awards of recognition from the Associated Church Press, including:
- Award of Merit for Best in Class for National/International Magazine
- Award of Excellence for theme issue (Geez 54: Climate Justice)
- Award of Excellence for interview (with Siwatu Silama-Ra in Geez 53: Mothering)
- Award of Merit for personal experience (article by Lucia Wylie-Eggert in Geez 53: Mothering)
- Honourable Mention for editorial (by Lydia Wylie-Kellermann in Geez 54: Climate Justice)
- Honourable Mention for letters to the editor
- Honourable mention for photography (in Geez 54: Climate Justice)
- Honourable Mention for podcast/audio series (Geez Out Loud)
We’ve taken home numerous Canadian Church Press awards including top honours for General Excellence (2010, 2014), First Place for layout and design (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), First Place for socially conscious religious journalism (2009), First Place for Best Department (Civil Disobedience, 2013), and First Place for Best Photo Essay (2013, 2014).
In 2014, the Associated Church Press awarded Geez second place for the first-person article by Dan Leonard, “Lessons from a white, Republican male;” and second for Ryan Booth’s photo, “Boy not praying.” We also received first place for issue design (Geez 36), and for Colin Vandenberg’s photo essay, “Failure Stories” (Geez 35), as well as second place for General Excellence, and an Honourable Mention for our Civil Disobedience department.
In 2009, we were shortlisted four times for Best Spiritual Coverage at the UTNE Independent Press Awards and won.
At the Western Magazine Awards in Vancouver we were named Best New Publication (2007) and Magazine of the Year (2007).
In the media
“A stylish magazine in the tradition of Adbusters and Mother Jones … a surprisingly hip, bold take on Christianity.” – Maclean’s magazine (Canada’s news weekly)
“[Geez] pokes, piques and prods Christians, and the unconverted among its readers, to live out the revolutionary values of Jesus in a consumer-driven, postmodern, materialist world. [Darryl Brown] gives the magazine its sophisticated, edgy look.” – The Oregonian, Portland’s premiere daily paper
“Geez magazine, the Winnipeg-based Christian activism quarterly, won three honours recently at the Western Canadian Magazine Awards, gaining recognition for its unique combination of satire, critique, social consciousness, and just plain quirkiness.”– Winnipeg Free Press
“Not your average Christian magazine . . . Geez approaches the ‘Judge not, lest ye be judged’ problem by laughing at itself, and by tackling the big serious questions with a wildly diverse range of perspectives.” – Alison Gillmor, CBC.ca
In addition, Geez has been featured in: Dallas Morning News (North America’s premiere daily religion section), Chicago Sun Times, Toronto Star, Winnipeg Free Press, Tapestry, national CBC Radio (feature-length interview, selected for summer re-broadcast), Sounds Like Canada, national CBC Radio, SojoMail (reprint of Geez material), Listen Up TV (Canada, national), YES! Magazine, This Magazine.
We don’t want to sound immodest, but we want to give you a glimpse of emails that come in.
“We love Geez! It’s whipsmart, thoughtful, and beautiful to look at. We’re all big fans here.” – Anurag Dhir, Managing Editor, Ascent Magazine, Montreal (they received Utne’s 2005 Independent Press Award for Best Spiritual Coverage)
“I like the magazine very much. I think it is a great idea to reach out to the religious folk on the fringe of the churches, yet still be committed.” – James Profit, S.J., Director, Ignatius Jesuit Centre, Guelph, Ontario
“I just love [Geez 01]. I think the whole Adbusters-style pictorial-narrative thing is great. And you’ve created a terrific sense of adventure, surprise, and irreverent reverence in it.” – Jon Spayde, author and former Senior Editor, Utne magazine
“I’m a fan of your magazine, and [De-Motorize Your Soul] looks like a great campaign.” – Jessica Johnston, Editor, This Magazine, Toronto
“Good luck over there, and keep it going – there’s a nice exciting buzz around your magazine!” – Chris Chambers, Magazines Canada newsstand distribution
“For the past few years I have characterized myself as struggling to hold onto the Christian church with my fingernails. Thank you for providing me with the encouragement to hang on”. – Carolyn Foard-McPhail, Calgary, Alberta
“I’m five days into North America after 458 in Bolivia. Your publication fed my hope that my destiny is neither consumer nor hipster.” – Robb Hoover, Chatham, Illinois
“I have to respect a magazine that starts off its letter section with a reader saying ‘Geez claims everything but says nothing.’ This kind of editorial decision says there is more to being right than just being right. And it says contradiction is not as bad as compromise.” – Tim Gapinski, Noblesville, Indiana
“I need to be part of what you’re doing. There is a longing in my soul to be more than I am, but my only mechanisms for revolt are too entrenched in ways that cause my soul to rot. In fact, last night, no word of a lie, I woke up in a cold sweat with swirling memories of my demise from pastoral stardom to coffee shop obscurity.” – Brad Sorensen, Ottawa, Ontario
“I am spreading the word to friends about Geez. They represent almost every faith, including none, and are living proof that no one group has a corner on true nobility of spirit.” – Xristi Megas, 71 years old, Oakland, California
“I am pissed off at the Religious-not-so-Right, baffled by evangelicals, weirded-out by the shaking-and-falling down charismatics and mystified by Catholics. When I picked up Geez, it fairly screamed, ‘This is home for you girl. Read and be inspired.’” – Robyn MacKraus-Holukoff, Calgary, Alberta
Geez was founded in 2005, and is published by Geez Press Inc., an independent, not-for-profit corporation registered in the province of Manitoba. Geez is non-profit, ad-free (so far), printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper and committed to the Lubicon Slowdown (no Geez money goes to air travel).
Geez is printed in Canada and the U.S. by Friesens.
Michelle Both (she/her) is a digital storyteller based in London, Ontario. She had her first photo accepted into Geez while studying communications in Manitoba in 2006. She was part of the team that launched Cahoots Festival, and can usually be found starting a new craft project or biking through her neighbourhood with her partner, Jared, and three kids in tow.
Dan Klein (he/him) is a Detroit-based writer, activist, and nice Jewish boy. He likes cooking, hiking, good pals, and comic books. He occasionally stirs up trouble with Detroit Jews for Justice but mostly hangs out in Southwest with his wife Carolina and excellent cat, Lulu.
Em Jacoby (she/her) enjoys the contrasting roles of poring over precise spreadsheets for small non-profits and the beautiful chaos of raising three curious kids with her hubby. She can usually be found kneading sourdough, turning soil in the community garden, rallying for affordable housing or following a toddler around her hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
Lydia Wylie-Kellermann (she/her) is a mother, activist, and writer. She is the editor of the anthology The Sandbox Revolution: Raising Kids for a Just World (Broadleaf, 2021). She co-curators RadicalDiscipleship.net. She lives in the neighborhood where she was raised in southwest Detroit with her two boys, her partner Erinn, and a circle of beloved chickens, fruit trees, and friends.
Kateri Boucher (she/her or they/them) likes to read, ask questions, and go to potlucks. She was born in Rochester, NY, studied sociology at Hamilton College, and then spent a year with Quaker Voluntary Service. She moved to Detroit (Waawiyatanong) in 2018 following a call to community, and has since called this place home. In addition to her work with Geez, she’s a member of Detroit’s Catholic Worker community, a caregiver for elderly folks, and the outreach coordinator for InterFaith Leadership Council of Metro Detroit.
Kerr Mesner (he/him) is a spiritual director, consultant, and facilitator, as well as a queer/transgender contemplative Christian, theatre educator, and activist. He is trained with the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction, and is an ordained minister with Metropolitan Community Churches. In his spare time, he enjoys writing songs and playing in his garden.