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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.

The Immigrants’ Creed

Excerpt from The Book of Common Worship, 2018 Edition
I believe in Almighty God,
who guided the people in exile and in exodus,
the God of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon,
the God of foreigners and immigrants.

Resilient or Stubborn?

By Craig Wong

In a recent conversation among leaders of the church, a pastor offered an observation that has stayed with me. The topic of our conversation was about preaching resurrection hope amid a pandemic.

Liberty’s Miscarriage

By Megan Malkemes
Oh america!
you shakespearean tragedy,
liberty’s miscarriage,
an anthology of blasphemies.

The False God of Conservative Christianity

By Stephen Mattson

 

There’s a religion whose savior was a refugee, yet it rejects refugees. Whose God embraces sojourners, yet it deports immigrants. Whose parishioners worship someone called the Prince of Peace, yet they defend violence and are pro-war.

A Halloween to Remember

By Jim Baton

Many of my American friends who take a walk through their neighborhoods today will be greeted by an assortment of scary decorations in front of their neighbors’ homes: carved pumpkins, skeletons, witches, ghosts, gravestones, giant spiders, black cats.

Prayer for the Morning

By Audette Fulbright Fulson
Did you rise this morning,
broken and hungover
with weariness and pain
and rage tattered from waving too long in a brutal wind?

The Greatest Evil

By C.S. Lewis

The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result.

The Immigration Debate: Can the Bible Help?

By M. Daniel Carroll Rodas

The issues surrounding the immigration debate are complex and ongoing. The United States was founded by immigrants, and many can point to ancestors from Europe, Asia, or Africa who reached these shores in the last 250 years.

On Border Fences and the Fabric of Our Nation

By Leslie Harrison

I have always been a proponent for the rights of immigrants, based on the image I have of America according to the picture painted by our history. I am disappointed and ashamed that some Americans have such a short memory and refuse to look at the pages of history, which brings to life the importance of immigration.

Fourth of July Vegan Barbecue!

By Carol J. Adams
My spouse, Bruce, has been the Associate Pastor for Community Ministries at a church in Dallas for 30 years. When we first arrived we learned that the Fourth of July barbecue hosted by the church’s senior activities group was

Who Will We Follow?

By Sarah Quezada
Sarah Quezadastop. She discovered two brothers who were worried about their sister. The trio was hungry and thirsty. The young woman, Esmeralda, was dehydrated and had untreated wounds that appeared