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CSA’s free weekly publication, a carefully curated collection of original articles at the intersection of spiritual formation and social action.

Church + Gracious Spirit of God = Hope

By Al Tizon

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

When I look at the church, I see a people striving in the Spirit to love God and neighbor in faithful effective ways.

Church + Marginalized Voices = Hope

By Soong-Chan Rah

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

Hope arises when I hear the voices of those who had previously been silenced or marginalized cry out from the depths.

Church + Boldness = Hope

By Bridget Eileen Rivera

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

When I look at the church, I see women stepping up as leaders and holding their brothers to account; I see people of color reminding the world of God’s justice and calling the church to repentance; I see queer people persevering in the faith and living in the safety of God’s love; and I see a global body of Christ that is so much bigger than Western culture.

A Radical Life of YESes

By David de Leon

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.

Art (and the Gospel) for the Masses

By Whitney Bauck

In the book Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts, authors Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin draw a parallel between modern-day art museums and religious shrines: “Go inside any gallery and the atmosphere is hushed and reverent.

“Dear God, Help Me to Hate White People”

By Rob Dalrymple
When a pastor spotted this line in a prayer, he used it to spark a controversy about “hate” that missed key lessons about “prayer.” This article helps us understand prayer in a way that is particularly relevant for those advocating for justice.

In Praise of Theological Tensions

By Gregory Coles
The genius of Christian unity, of the body of Christ acting like a body composed of different parts, is that we become wiser and more whole in fellowship with each other. Our tensions, like tendons, make us able to reach in multiple directions without tearing apart.

Jesus, the Disabled Empath: A Good Friday Reflection

By Raedorah C. Stewart

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed into the Heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our profession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Utica: City of Refuge for the New Millennium

By Jason Koon / photos courtesy of The Center, Utica

It may not be evident on the surface, but a walk down Bleecker Street in the small city of Utica in upstate New York is a vastly different experience than it was 20 years ago.

A Call for Solidarity in the Face of Anti-Asian Racism

Please watch this important video statement from Asian American Christian leaders.

We invite you to sign this open letter from the Asian American Christian Collaborative in response to the recent killings in Atlanta of eight people, 6 of Asian descent.

The Idolatry of “Christian” Nationalism

By Stephen Mattson

Christian Nationalism is a form of self-righteousness. It’s a spirituality that blends Colonialism and Manifest Destiny. It convinces people that the land, resources, and lives of outsiders exist to serve their desires and wealth.