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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.

Biblical Feminism and the Chicago Declaration: A Women’s History Month Special

By Lē Weaver
The Chicago Declaration was intended to serve as a framework for concrete evangelical engagement with the pressing social issues of the day. Christian Feminism Today (known originally as the Evangelical Women’s Caucus) came into being as a direct result of that Thanksgiving workshop, and with it a movement known as biblical feminism was born. 

Easter Liberation for the Oppressed

By Heidi Weaver-Smith
If liberation is so central to the message Jesus came to accomplish and proclaim, it must also be to those of us who profess his name and take part in his resurrected body. Christ’s life, death, and resurrection point us towards the liberative future of shalom he has accomplished for us, the already-but-not-yet Kingdom of God which breaks into our world daily, yet has not finalized its work.

The 8 Women Who Shaped the Chicago Declaration

By Lē Weaver
This Women’s History Month, we remember the women who helped shape the Chicago Declaration of Evangelicals for Social Action, CSA’s founding document. The Chicago Declaration, signed by 53 evangelical leaders in 1973, was written as a call for Christians to engage in issues of justice and to reject racism, economic injustice, violence, and sexism. While the group that signed the document were diverse theologically, they lacked the racial and gender diversity we strive for today.

A Litany of Lament for Liberation

By Kristan Pitts
May peace never come until justice is actualized. Expose to everyone injustice that is both overt and covert. Then make it so that inequity may never be hidden again.

Nice Churchy Patriarchy: A Q&A on Reclaiming Women’s Humanity with Author Liz Cooledge Jenkins

By Liz Cooledge Jenkins

Even in the warmest and most welcoming evangelical churches, patriarchy looms as an ever-present force, suppressing women’s possibilities and debilitating whole communities. Well-intentioned churchgoers and church leaders have bought into deeply-entrenched male-dominated mindsets, power structures, and theologies that are not working—not for women, and really not for anyone.

Lamento y Liberación | Lament and Liberation

By Inés Velásquez-McBryde
Racism has joined with sexism to dismember women of color at a cost to our heads, hearts, bodies, and souls. It has also dismembered women from women and women from men. We must repent, restore, and re-member back the places long devastated and rebuild the broken bride of Christ.

I Wish I Didn’t Know Who George Floyd Was

By Michael Stalcup
I wish I didn’t know who George Floyd was,
had never heard his name or seen his face
displayed on screens or blazoned on brick walls,
unbreathing monuments to life erased.

History Makers: Fred Shuttlesworth

By Lauren Grubaugh Thomas
The Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was a pastor and civil rights leader whose conviction and courage consistently led him to the frontlines of the struggle for justice. As someone who pushed his peers to greater risk-taking, Shuttlesworth’s leadership was crucial in elevating the cause for racial justice to the national conversation.

History Makers: Ella Baker

By Sarah String
Ella Josephine Baker was born in 1903, in Norfolk, Virginia. Growing up in the segregated South, she witnessed firsthand the injustices faced by African Americans. Her grandmother, who was formerly enslaved, instilled in her a strong sense of pride and resilience. The Great Depression also imprinted values like what it means to live in and through suffering. 

History Makers: Howard Thurman

Howard Thurman, born on November 18, 1899, in Daytona Beach, Florida, stands as a towering figure in American history, leaving an indelible mark as an author, philosopher, theologian, and civil rights leader.

The Lynching of the Son of Man: Q&A with Brian Zahnd

By Brian Zahnd
The cross is many things. One of the revelations of the cross is the divine repudiation of systems that seek to dominate a minority population through lethal force. When the powers that be justify their actions with empty euphemisms like “appropriate use of force,” the cross calls them to account.