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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.

As Ron Would Say, “People Need Jesus and a Job”

By Shane Claiborne

Originally published Nov 22, 2022

I first met Ron at Eastern Univeristy—he was at the seminary and I was fresh out of the East Tennessee Bible belt.  I arrived at Eastern with a very open mind, but new to connecting my faith to the bigger social issues and questions of how to address poverty.

What the Bible Says About Hunger

By Nancy Neal

“This is my body, broken for you. This is the cup of the new covenant, sealed in my blood, shed for the forgiveness of sins.”

As Christians, we say some version of these words as we gather around a table to remember Jesus’ saving death and resurrection.

Why Racial Solidarity Is the Only Way to Conquer Racism

By Terrence Lester

Racial justice and racial reconciliation are two distinct conversations that many White Christians conflate into one. The leap straight to racial reconciliation leaves out how a White supremacist system created the oppressive structures that disadvantage many people of color today.

How Hunger Hides on College Campuses in the U.S.

By Julie Golingan Roberts

Many people will fondly remember the summer of 2021 as their “hot-vaxxed summer”: COVID-19 vaccines became more widely available, and thus a semblance of freedom and fun not felt for over a year was finally within reach.

Poverty, Wealth, and Having the Right Feelings

By Alex Pabellon

Originally published Jan 26, 2018

Remember that 1989 Spike Lee movie you’re supposed to like? Spike Lee plays the role of Mookie, an African American man in Brooklyn who works at a local pizza shop, proudly owned by an Italian American and his two sons.

Three of My Heroes

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Who are the people who have influenced your life?

Navigating the world as both a Christian and a Japanese American, I have found it hard to find places that combine both of these important aspects of my life.

When Business Does Good

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

Originally posted September 25, 2018
Yes, businesses can do good…and I’m as surprised by this as you are.
When my soon-to-be-husband, Ned, told me that he was applying to business school, I was horrified.

How to Be Peacemakers in a World of Surging Polarization

By Chris Rice

Practicing Restorative Justice 

Polarized settings tend to be dominated by an either-or mindset. It’s oppositional thinking. Either you are Right or Left, and ne’er the twain shall meet. They are too divided and opposed to coexist.

The Best They Could Do

By La Thao

Thi Bui’s illustrated memoir The Best We Could Do tells the story of her family’s escape from Vietnam and the challenges of surviving as refugees in a new country. In an attempt to understand her parents better, Bui documents her family’s past and discovers the sacrifices her parents made for the sake of the family’s survival.

Making Our AAPI Heritage Visible 

By Jerry Z. Park

As we approach the end of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (the inclusion of Native Hawaiians occurring in 2021), here are a few quick-takes about this diverse collection of people groups.

Why Do We Drink?

By Erin Jean Warde

When I meet with a recovery coaching client for the first time, I ask for a brief history of their relationship with alcohol. I listen for the narratives inside a person’s drinking history.

Aperture of the Heart

By Nikole Lim
Shooting “wide open” allows me to capture the diverse beauty of people’s faces, laden with untold stories, while softening the distractions of the background, bringing their humanity to the forefront.

What I’d Include on My Asian American Theology Syllabus

By E. David de Leon

It’s May in academia, which means wrapping up the semester, celebrating graduates, and working on syllabi for the upcoming school year. It also happens to be AAPI heritage month! While I’m not teaching an Asian American theology class this upcoming year, this is a list of four books that have been incredibly important to me as an Asian American theologian, titles that I would put on my syllabus in the future.