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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.

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.

Feet Shod With Some Yeezys

By Jon Carlson

When pastors pretend to be style icons, they’re carrying on a long lineage that erroneously equates material wealth with divine blessing.

GQ first noticed the trend in 2015, then again in 2017: celebrity pastors outfitting themselves in incredibly trendy—and incredibly expensive—designer streetwear.

Does Jesus Want Me to Be Poor?

By Carol R. Cool

“Got a dollar?”
Pretending I don’t see her, I keep walking, a bit more quickly. When I get to the corner, I glance back to see the homeless woman still on the bench, still hoping to find a sympathetic passerby.

Will the Poor Always Be With Us?

By Bryant Myers

One sometimes hears Christians, tired with the news of poverty and exploitation around the world, try to deflect the news by reminding us that Jesus said, “The poor will always be with you.” This is offered as a way to stop the conversation.

Poverty, Wealth, and Having the Right Feelings

By Alex Pabellon

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.

Ron Sider on Justice and the Republican Tax Bills

By Ron Sider

The tax bills currently being rushed through Congress are huge and complex. And the details keep changing. I am not a professional economist specializing on tax law, so I do not claim infallibility for my comments!

No Boom without Bust

By Aaron Foltz

Against Enormous Odds, an Activist Fights Fracking in His Hometown
In many ways Williamsport, Pa., (pop. 29,304) is the perfect American city. Nestled into a river valley, it’s the town where Little League was born.

What Your Barista Isn’t Telling You

By Sarah Withrow King

Picture a minimum-wage worker. What do you see? My worker is a woman, a girl really. Her hair is in a ponytail underneath a red visor, and she’s working a fast food job after high school to pay for her car insurance, the occasional brand-name pair of jeans, and Saturday night movies with friends.

The Right to Work

By Matt Curcio

The United States is in the middle of an employment crisis—one that will probably never be covered by Fox or CNN.

Politicians are super proud of being able to get that big scary unemployment number down to 4.9 percent.

The Gift of Financial Transparency

By Jonathan W. Hancock

In 2000, I sat down and calculated how much my wife, Beverly, and I had earned since our marriage in 1986. I found we were approaching a million dollars in earnings, with a shared average annual income of $63,000.

A Growing Movement to Overcome Global Poverty

By Ronald J. Sider

On June 28, I gathered in Britain with about 40 other American and British church leaders at Lambeth Palace for the London Forum to call on the leaders of the G-8 to expand our nations’ commitment to overcoming global poverty, especially in Africa.