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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.

The Crisis of Belonging

By Eric Jacobsen

In the winter of my junior year of college, I traveled to Scotland to study at the University of Aberdeen. I arrived on campus just after the beginning of the new year.

Challenging Racism: The Brown Church

By Robert Chao Romero

I’m Spanish.
My family is from Spain.
We’re from Peru, but my husband is Italian.
I’m a norteño; I’m not an Indian from southern Mexico.
She has “bad hair.”
Marry someone lighter than you, pa’ que mejorar la raza.

Can I Be Black and Christian?

By Micky ScottBey Jones

After the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, I was forever changed. Nothing could remain the same—not my mothering, not my relationships, not my faith. I needed more than The Power of a Praying Wife.

Church on the Margins With My LGBTQ+ Friends

By Katie Hays

For almost two decades I served small, traditional congregations where heteronormativity was the unspoken rule. In those churches we were attentive to our ethic of hospitality: How can we be more welcoming to them, the people who are our guests?

A Prayer for When People Terrorize

From: “A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer” by Kenji Kuramitsu

A Booklet of Uncommon Prayer, from which this prayer is taken, is now available electronically.

Racism Is a Gospel Issue

By Jonathan Walton

In 2008, I felt like an American for the first time because I saw a leader who looked like me. All of my life I hoped my education and accomplishments would free me from the history of my skin color as inherently inferior and forever intimidating.

The Discipline of Watching the Sunrise

By Mark Charles and Soong-Chan Rah

One of the most beautiful, beneficial, and sacred spiritual disciplines I have incorporated into my life is the discipline of watching the sunrise. It is one thing to watch the sun rise a couple times a year, perhaps on Easter for a sunrise service or when you have a 6 a.m.

Ending Hunger

By Jenny Eaton Dyer

“We are halfway to defeating extreme poverty and disease worldwide.”

Since 1990, our generation and our nation has led the world in halving the number of people who live in extreme poverty around the world, and we did this in spite of the increase of population growth during this time period.

The Eve of Advent

By Eberhard Arnold

In the past, God spoke…through the prophets at many times and in various ways.
~ Hebrews 1:1

Advent is a time in which we share in the longing of all those who lived in the distant past.

Family Separation and the Mother Love of God

By Gena Thomas
When I walked into the social worker’s office, Julia was sitting there in a brand-new, bright-pink Barbie T-shirt. The social worker said they’d found the T-shirt in their clothing closet, and Julia wanted it. Beautiful, soft onyx curls framed

Ida B. Wells and 21st-Century White Supremacy

By Catherine Meeks and Nibs Stroupe

Why Ida B. Wells? Because she did the work no one else would do. She kept showing up where she wasn’t wanted. She worked with people who would work with her.

If You Speak, Will Anyone Hear You?

By Kathy Khang
The world is a noisy place. Smart phones. Smart watches. Alerts. Notifications. Social media. Satellite radio. Streaming video. News 24/7. On any given Sunday morning in church, don’t be surprised if you hear a guitar or keyboard playing softly in the background during the announcements or prayer. Culturally, it’s almost as if we are uncomfortable with silence.

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.