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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.

We Need You

By Mihee Kim-Kort

The Struggle with Tokenism
 
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published Novemeber 8, 2017. We’re re-posting in honor of Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

“Tokenism does not change stereotypes of social systems but works to preserve them, since it dulls the revolutionary impulse.” Mary Daly, radical feminist philosopher and theologian

I am the only one.

Love Letter to the Lonely

By Kaitlin B. Curtice
We’ve created a world that says loneliness is our fault, mental illness is either a myth or a problem that we must suffer with or fix quietly, so we don’t disrupt the way of things. But loneliness is not wrong.

A Radical Life of YESes

By David de Leon
Yuri Kochiyama’s journey toward radical consciousness did not begin in Harlem but in the mundaneness of her life in San Pedro.

How One Polish Church Is Welcoming Ukrainian Refugees

By Christina Stanton

Saško Nezamutdinov, pastor of Christ the Saviour Presbyterian Church in Krakow, Poland, started our Whatsapp conversation that morning with a determined but desperate appeal: “We’re up to our neck in refugees! We need help—can you help?”

I was introduced to Saško at a church planting class in New York City in 2015 hosted by an organization that grew out of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in the late ’90s called City to City.

Waymakers: Claire Kretzschmar

By Christina Ray Stanton

Sporting bright pink tutus over their hand-me-down clothes, eight teenage girls wobbled through unfamiliar ballet poses in a massive orphanage just outside of Guatemala City. The girls giggled as they mimicked the moves of their teacher, Claire Kretzschmar, never realizing they were following one of the world’s top ballerinas across a bleak basketball court.

Elrena Evans on Prayer and the Discomfort of Difference

By Elrena Evans

We spoke with Elrena Evans about her new book, Special Grace: Prayers and Reflections for Families with Special Needs from InterVarsity Press. Below you’ll find our conversation, as well as an excerpt from Evans’ beautiful book.

Waymakers: Tiffany Ouyang

By Christina Stanton

When Tiffany Ouyang was growing up in Plano, Texas, she pored over glamour magazines and studied red-carpet wardrobes, dreaming of one day influencing the fashion world. And she has succeeded—but not the way she ever imagined.

To Set a Bigger Table, Make Your Preaching Multivocal

By Brenna Rubio

Someone I grabbed coffee with recently told me: “When I first came to City Church Long Beach, I thought it seemed pretty normal, like any other church. I mean, there was a welcome table, there were chairs, there was music.

Waymakers: Tara Flynn

By Christina Stanton
Growing up as the daughter of Irish immigrants in the Bronx, Tara Flynn knew she wanted to carve her own path. But she never dreamed that path would one day lead her to one of the poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the country.

Embracing the Apocalypse

By Andre Henry

As a boy, my greatest fear was that I’d live to see the end of the world—­a fear I’d absorbed by spending time with my grandma. Mumma kept her TV on all day, but she only watched a Christian station called the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Waymakers: Ben Virgo

By Christina Stanton

Editor’s note: In April we’re running a series called “Waymakers” to highlight stories about contemporary Christians engaged in unique partnerships and and justice work. Look for a new one each Monday this month.

In the Presence of My Enemies

By Joel Briggs

I think every painter labors long, meticulous hours for those little encounters, brief as they may be, when their work surprises and disrupts the viewer. The piece of art suddenly seizes the viewer, who exclaims something like, “This image!

What Are Christians For?

By Jake Meador
The Christian community should see the decision to move closer together with other Christians as a way of loving the places that we share together, of serving the good of our non-Christian neighbors in that place, and even of making the place itself healthier.

Pray for Yemen

By Stephen Mattson

Yemen is a country suffering from a brutal, 7-year, ongoing military conflict. The violence escalated after 2010, when Shia minorities staged a series of rebellions. These occurred within an already unstable environment due to corruption, bitter religious and partisan animosity, and political upheaval.