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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.

An Interview with John McNall on the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism

We spoke with Dr. Josh McNall—associate professor of pastoral theology, ambassador of church relations, and director of the honors program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University—about his latest book, Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism, published by InterVarsity Press. 

On Fear and the Freedom to Embrace

By Kristyn Komarnicki

I am in a bilingual, transnational marriage. I’ve lived in four countries on three continents. In my native country now, I live in a racially mixed neighborhood. I cultivate friendships with people from around the world.

Sojourners on Earth, Citizens in Heaven: A 9/11 Reflection 20 Years Later

By Christina Ray Stanton

Our boat pushed off, and I let out a deep sigh of relief. As we set sail across the Hudson River, I could see dozens of others—commuter ferries, fishing boats, dinner cruise ships, party boats, tugboats—rushing to rescue the thousands of people who, like us, had survived but been trapped by debris from the burning, crumbling Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Demand an End to Vaccine Apartheid 

Our friends at Public Citizen have drafted this petition, demanding immediate action from world leaders to end vaccine apartheid. We encourage you to sign your name to the petition to President Biden.

Demanding Immediate Action from the Biden Administration to End Vaccine Apartheid 

Dear President Biden,

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive loss worldwide, but the harms have not been equally distributed.

Managing Privilege

From Robot Hugs

All of us have areas of privilege. This helpful infographic allows us to use our privilege in responsible ways.

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.

Ron Sider: Finding Strength in a Time of Pandemic

By Ron Sider

The coronavirus makes this a scary, dangerous time. None of us knows what our situation will be in two or six weeks. That is frightening.

Of course we know we need to avoid the panicmongers and listen to our best health professionals.

Family Separation and My Daughter

By Gena Thomas

Two years ago, my 5-year-old foster daughter, Julia, and her biological mother, Lupe, were reunited in their home country of Honduras after they were separated for eight months. It was two weeks after the Zero Tolerance policy — where our government forcibly separated parents and children at the border — had ended.

Why I Protest

By Autumn Dennis
The night before the verdict came down in the trial of Jason Stockley, I had a prophetic dream. I had a dream that I was on the streets of Nashville, protesting as I had done dozens and dozens of times before.

Being the Church, Outside the Church

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Just before Memorial Day weekend, President Trump called for the opening of churches and other houses of worship. And much as I long to be able to attend church again, that made my heart sink.

Be Human

By Micky ScottBey Jones

For all my activist, organizer, social justice warrior, touched-by-the-pain-in-the-world type Beloveds out there:

The air feels heavy today. So many agonizing headlines and painful hashtags it’s hard at times not to just scroll and spiral.

Women Behind the Wall: Generational Separation

By Friends at Churches for Middle East Peace

Podcast Episode #8: Generational Separation
The Women Behind the Wall podcast highlights female voices from the Holy Land, and is hosted and produced solely by women who live and work in Jerusalem.

Women Behind the Wall: Helping Each Other Heal

By Friends at Churches for Middle East Peace

Podcast Episode #7: Helping Each Other Heal
The Women Behind the Wall podcast highlights female voices from the Holy Land, and is hosted and produced solely by women who live and work in Jerusalem.

Giving Thanks and Thankful Giving

By Greg Paul

Thanksgiving may be the last communal and contemplative annual event in North America.

Most people, whether they’re religious or not, recognize that gratitude is a good thing. And most of us, even in strained circumstances or in the middle of a crisis, can find something to be thankful for.

Women Behind the Wall: Two Cities Within One

By Friends at Churches for Middle East Peace

Podcast Episode #6: Two Cities Within One
The Women Behind the Wall podcast highlights female voices from the Holy Land, and is hosted and produced solely by women who live and work in Jerusalem.