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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.

Church + Gracious Spirit of God = Hope

By Al Tizon

When I look at the church, what gives me hope?

When I look at the church, I see a people striving in the Spirit to love God and neighbor in faithful effective ways.

Oriented to Love: A Playlist

Compiled by Kristyn Komarnicki and OTL alumni

Like loving dialogue, like the Holy Spirit, music has the ability to connect people across deep differences. While the music we cherish is deeply personal, and we don’t all enjoy the same kinds, it can still provide a window for us to access and start to understand each other’s deepest loves and longings.Below are listed a handful songs that I associate strongly with the OTL experience.

I Prefer Belonging

By John Betten

In the debate about queer sexuality in the church, queer people often feel as if our existence is denied when others talk as if there are no real gay Christians, or when homosexuality is dismissed as something like a mental illness or sinful mistake.

Love the Sinner

By Kristyn Komarnicki
Today marks three years since the Pulse Nightclub shooting, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBTQ people in U.S. history, killing 49. While many rallied with support in the aftermath, far too many

A Spiritual Homecoming for LGBT People?

By Andrew Marin

Recent research reveals that 76 percent of LGBT people who have left the church are open to returning to their faith community.

According to statistics released by the Barna Group, only 9 percent of Americans are open to returning to faith and its practices after making a decision to leave their faith community.

I Don’t Belong

By Gregory Coles
A celibate gay Christian speaks of the pain that lies on both sides of the church’s closet door

Costly Embrace

By Nate Collins

“Everything has a price, son. Just because you don’t have to pay for something yourself doesn’t mean that it’s free.” I’ve had numerous conversations like this with my kids, and they remind me that things that are truly valuable are usually obtained only at high cost.

The Nashville Statement: It’s Time to Listen and Learn

By Kristyn Komarnicki

As the nation is reeling from racial violence and crippling floods, a group of leaders decided it was a good time to draw some sharp lines around sexuality issues, making sexual orientation and gender identity a central tenet of the Christian faith.

An Invitation to Brave Space

By Micky ScottBey Jones
Together we will create brave space
Because there is no such thing as “safe space”
We exist in the real world

Why My Coming Out Matters to You

By Pieter Niemeyer
My wife Susie has called me a “coming out tank.” Why? Because I have come out to well over 200 people, mostly face to face, and in a rather short period of time.