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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.

Prayer for a Peaceful Kingdom

Creator God,

We lift our voices

Joining the chorus of wind and waves

Of barks and tweets and roars and coos and clucks

To praise and glorify your name throughout all the earth.

Six Tips for Hosting a Vegan at Thanksgiving

By Sarah Withrow King

You’re hosting the holiday meal this year and have the menu all planned out when you learn one of the guests is vegan. Hospitality is important to you. You want to share the gifts you’ve been given, welcome people with open arms, and create a space where all of your guests feel warm, safe, and seen.

Helping Animals Helps People

By Sarah Withrow King

Stepping Over a Homeless Man to Feed a Dog (And Other Things I’ve Never Had to do as an Animal Advocate)
I’ve been an activist since I was old enough to walk.

Labor Pains and Maternal Grief

By Sarah Withrow King

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!

What Does Christianity Have to Do With Animals?

By Sarah Withrow King
From Genesis to Revelation, and from the early church to the present day, there are vivid examples of God’s—and the church’s—love of, care for, and delight in animal creatures.

Bearing Witness

By Beth Foster

The trees around the slaughterhouse are filled with a fatal lullaby because the mockingbirds have learned this funeral dirge of the young.

Peep. Peep. Peep.

That’s what haunts me most—even more than the puddles of blood and the truck brimming with the “waste” parts of bodies.

Fourth of July Vegan Barbecue!

By Carol J. Adams
My spouse, Bruce, has been the Associate Pastor for Community Ministries at a church in Dallas for 30 years. When we first arrived we learned that the Fourth of July barbecue hosted by the church’s senior activities group was

Vegetarianism By Faith

By Rev. Don Ng


Growing up in a Chinese-American home, there was always some kind of meat dish. Even if there wasn’t enough money to buy a prime cut of beef, there was always lop-cheung, sausages that came tied in bunches with the string used to dry them in the butcher shop.

Caring for Animals as a Pro-Life Ethic

By Charles Camosy


Applying our principles consistently—including when it comes to violence against voiceless non-human animals—makes the pro-life movement more effective, not less. Especially with the people we most need to get on board.

CreatureKind: Reflections From the Road

By Sarah Withrow King

CreatureKind spent the latter part of December and the first week of January on the road, first exhibiting and talking to attendees of InterVarsity’s Urbana Missions Conference and then the Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting (held in conjunction with the Society of Jewish Ethics and the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics).

An Advent Reflection: Instruments of Peace for All Creatures

By Tim Mascara

On December 4, 1959, Soviet artist Evgeny Vuchetich presented a bronze statue to the United Nations, titledLet Us Beat Our Swords into Plowshares. The sculpture is an image of a man beating a sword into a plowshare, meant to symbolize humankind’s desire to end war—the desire to take the tools of violence and war and turn them into tools for peace, tools to benefit humankind rather than harm it.

Undoing Domination

By Michael Anthony Howard

There are about 400 billion stars in our galaxy alone. It is amazing when you think about it. The Milky Way isn’t even very big. Every star has an approximate average of 1.6 planets.

Sabbath and God’s Creation

By A. J. Swoboda
To begin, take a moment and recall the fourth commandment: “Remember the Sabbath…On it you shall not do any work . . . nor your animals” (Exodus 20:8, 10). The original Sabbath command as found in the Mosaic covenant immediately connects the dots between our rest and the rest of the animals that we depend on and are responsible to care for.

Finding Our Place in the World

By David Clough
What emotions do you bring to worship this evening? Delight at glimpses of beauty and of love? Sadness at tragic loss? Anger at injustice? Resentment and bitterness about our lot?