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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.

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.

Christianity Has Failed, Again

By Stephen Mattson

Christianity has had a horrible year, and decade, and a pretty bad last few hundred years, actually. In fact, depending on who you talk to, it’s pretty much been a train wreck from the very start.

The Moon: A Story Prayer for Lent

By Victor Andre Greene

As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. He does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number … See, we have searched this out; it is true.

Webinar: Gender Exploration, Identity, and Expression in the Body of Christ

With Andrew Gilbert, Charlie, D. Eng, John Backman, leea allen, and Lesli Hudson-Reynolds

Gender fluid. Gender expansive. Gender nonbinary. Gender questioning. Many terms and concepts have emerged in recent years as people come to grips with how they experience their gender internally and how they relate to their own bodies, as well as how they want to express their gender outwardly and interact with others socially.

A Personal Update from Our Founder

By Ron Sider

Dear friends,

I have cancer–a somewhat aggressive form of bladder cancer. Cancer is a scary word, given that about 600,000 Americans die every year of cancer.

Pondering one’s cancer certainly evokes what the Psalmist says about the temporal, transitory nature of our life here on this lovely planet: “As for mortals, their days are like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more” (Ps.

Black Self-Care as Protest: Body Scan

By Rev. Da Saint

Black History Month Meditative Moment (3 of 3)
Join us for a 5-minute body scan to bring our body and spirit into congruence.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

Black Self-Care as Protest: Awaken

By Rev. Da Saint

Black History Month Meditative Moment (2 of 3)
Join us for a 5-minute meditation to awaken the senses and rejoice in how we are made!

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb.

Black Self-Care as Protest: A Breath Practice

By Rev. Da Saint

Black History Month Meditative Moment (1 of 3)
Join us for a 5-minute breathing meditation to help reconnect our bodies with the Spirit who gives us life.

In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.

Giving the Revolution a Rest

By Bethany Stewart

The radical act of Black self-care
I have always been a revolutionary in the works. That is to say that I have always been deeply aware of the injustices inherited by my existence as a Black woman.

Journeying with “Minari”: a reflection on the film

By Kathy KyoungAh Khang

Minari is the story of a Korean-American family’s journey of belonging and flourishing as they start a new life on a farm in Arkansas. An American film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, it stars Steven Yeun of Walking Dead fame, Han Ye-ri, and Youn Yuh-jung.