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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.

#100days: What Are Your Hopes for the New Administration?

In light of the current struggles in our nation, including the pandemic and the tumult of the election and transition seasons, we want to make clear our commitment to hold the Biden Administration accountable, especially for the concerns we think are closest to Jesus’ heart.

Nonviolent Action Method #3: Declarations by Organizations and Institutions

From Gene Sharp

Occupy Wall Street started off their movement with the “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City,” which detailed both a list of complaints and their vision for the future.

(You can read more about the different methods of nonviolent protest in Gene Sharp’s book The Politics of Nonviolent Action.

Nonviolent Action Method #1: Public Speeches

From Gene Sharp

On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech.

(You can read more about the different methods of nonviolent protest in Gene Sharp’s book The Politics of Nonviolent Action.

198 Methods of Nonviolent Action, Illustrated

From Gene Sharp
We’ve compiled real-world examples to illustrate many of Gene Sharp’s 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action. Click on one to to access inspiration by seeing how others have put these into action!

Empathy as a Path to Unity (and Change)

On a recent podcast with Brené Brown, (now) President-elect Joe Biden said that the leaders he’s admired over the years are those who lead with empathy and vulnerability.

“Leadership, at its core, in my view, is about being personal … You always put yourself in the other person’s position, and then also to understand where they’re coming from, whether it’s a major foreign leader or a friend who you have a disagreement with.”

“How do we unify the country?” he continued.

What Happens After November 3?

With Kifah Shah, Hardy Merriman, and Andre Henry

We invited the creative team behind the Hold the Line Guide to Defending Democracy to explore tangible steps that the church, people of faith, and ministry leaders can take to ensure a free and fair election.

Why Single-Issue Voting Doesn’t Reflect the Gospel

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto
Single-issue voting works for political operatives trying to grab the Christian vote, but it is an unfaithful representation of the fullness of the heart of God. It reflects political pragmatism but not Christian faithfulness.

Open House with Dominique Gilliard

With Dominque Gilliard and Andre Henry

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He spoke with Andre Henry, Program Director of CSA’s Racial Justice Institute, about our nation’s criminal justice system, systemic racism, and what public safety really looks like.

Open House with Jer Swigart

With Andre Henry and Jer Swigart
“There’s a rich history of people of faith joining the revolution of restoration, and that often means we have to disrupt the status quo of a pseudo-peace.”

Open House with Brandi Miller

With Brandi Miller and David de Leon

Brandi Miller is a writer, speaker and the host/creator of the “Reclaiming My Theology” podcast. She talks with David de Leon, CSA’s social media manager, about, among other things, the freedom that white people experience when they begin to confront the reality of white supremacy, what she learned by growing up as the only black person in a white family, and her deep commitment to being in relationship with people who differ from her in a variety of ways.

Open House with Nikole Lim

With Andre Henry, Eddie Kaufholz, and Nikole Lim

Nikole Lim is a documentary filmmaker, Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, and author of the new book Liberation Is Here: Women Uncovering Hope in a Broken World.

New Name, Same Mission

By Ron Sider
Evangelicals for Social Action began with the Chicago Declaration of Evangelical Social Concern written over the Thanksgiving weekend in 1973. About 50 evangelical leaders