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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.

God Loves Immigrants and Refugees

By Stephen Mattson

To reject the truth that God loves and cares for immigrants and refugees is to deny God’s holy character. But affirming this truth requires many American Christians to renounce their political loyalties.

Take a Knee for the Children

By Carolyn Custis James

When Dr. Colleen Kraft, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, visited a U.S. government shelter for immigrant children in Combes, Texas, what she saw undid her.

A distraught toddler was crying inconsolably and pounding her small fists against the play mat.

The Time Is Now: End the Separation of Families

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto
As terror continues to unfold on our southern borders and immigrant children are taken from their parents’ arms, over 2800 women have signed a letter calling for an end to the practice of separating children from their parents at the border.

Christianity Is a Refugee Story

By Kevin Singer

If you are a Christian, you are part of a refugee story. You join the ranks of Abraham, who took a dangerous journey from his homeland of Ur to the land of Canaan; Joseph, who was carried into Egypt after being sold into slavery by his brothers; and Moses, who fled to the wilderness of Midian after he took the life of a brutal Egyptian slave master.

Not Without My Child

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

My family’s immigration journey included a significant period time when my mother was separated from her mother—my grandmother was an American citizen of Japanese descent, returning to work in the US. But those were different times.

For I Was a Stranger

By Ethan Tan

On November 9, 2016, I rode the regional rail to my grad school class. People cried on the train, on the street, in class. Instead of the usual lecture and discussion on social policy, our professor presided over a group therapy session where we were all stupefied at the prospect of a Trump presidency.

Thank You…And My Name Is Sally

By John Seel

Over the course of the next few weeks the fate of DACA recipients—the “Dreamers”—hangs in the balance. When interviewed about these developments on the nightly news, Dreamers lament being seen and used as a political football.

A Prayerful Embrace: CSA Joins in a National DACA Action

By John Seel, Ph.D.

When rejection is the overwhelming context, being treated as a political ping-pong only aggravates the sentiment. Such is the day-to-day reality of DACA dreamers, who don’t need partisan debate as much as a group hug.

DACA: Remembering the People Behind Policies

By John Seel, Ph.D.

In my work with millennials, I’ve often noted that they, the New Copernicans, dislike abstractions. While they are attracted to concerns for social justice, they do not like it when issues affecting real people are approached as disembodied theories or academic abstractions.

A Church for Dreamers: DACA

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto
I think I dropped a plate and almost broke it when I heard the news of President Trump’s plan to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

Unauthorized Walls

By Russell Jeung
“I used to bus from work to UCLA and it would take two hours each way. That’s the whole day on the bus. And late at night, I’d be scared waiting at the bus stop alone.”

Share Their Stories

By Katie Tan

Last month, I wrote about how I was overcome with despair at the evil in the world. Today, I am overcome by the evil within us—in America, in the actions of the new administration, in We the People.