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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.

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.

Women Behind the Wall: A Barrier to Families

By Friends at Churches for Middle East Peace

Podcast Episode #5: A Barrier to Families
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.

The Dangers of Voluntourism

By Tania DoCarmo, Charlie Smith-Brake, and Julia Smith-Brake
There’s no doubt the church cares about orphans. For decades we’ve prayed, given money, and participated in international campaigns for “AIDS orphans” in Africa. We’ve supported orphans through child sponsorship,

Discussion Questions: Emanuel

By Tia Gaines and Victor Ko

Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting
Five discussion questions for the movie, to be used on your own or in a small group.

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

Fill Up, Pour Out

By Marc Havener
When I asked a young employee of a community health clinic what motivates her in a career that includes long, exhausting days, surrounded by people with incredible needs, she gave me a look that seemed to wonder how I could not know.

"We cannot be too gentle…"

By St. Seraphim of Sarov

We cannot be too gentle, too kind. Shun even to appear harsh in your treatment of each other.

Joy, radiant joy, streams from the face of one who gives and kindles joy in the heart of one who receives.