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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.

Art (and the Gospel) for the Masses

By Whitney Bauck

In the book Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts, authors Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin draw a parallel between modern-day art museums and religious shrines: “Go inside any gallery and the atmosphere is hushed and reverent.

“Dear God, Help Me to Hate White People”

By Rob Dalrymple
When a pastor spotted this line in a prayer, he used it to spark a controversy about “hate” that missed key lessons about “prayer.” This article helps us understand prayer in a way that is particularly relevant for those advocating for justice.

A Call for Solidarity in the Face of Anti-Asian Racism

Please watch this important video statement from Asian American Christian leaders.

We invite you to sign this open letter from the Asian American Christian Collaborative in response to the recent killings in Atlanta of eight people, 6 of Asian descent.

Black Self-Care as Protest: Body Scan

By Rev. Da Saint

Black History Month Meditative Moment (3 of 3)
Join us for a 5-minute body scan to bring our body and spirit into congruence.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.

Black Self-Care as Protest: Awaken

By Rev. Da Saint

Black History Month Meditative Moment (2 of 3)
Join us for a 5-minute meditation to awaken the senses and rejoice in how we are made!

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb.

Black Self-Care as Protest: A Breath Practice

By Rev. Da Saint

Black History Month Meditative Moment (1 of 3)
Join us for a 5-minute breathing meditation to help reconnect our bodies with the Spirit who gives us life.

In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.

Giving the Revolution a Rest

By Bethany Stewart

The radical act of Black self-care
I have always been a revolutionary in the works. That is to say that I have always been deeply aware of the injustices inherited by my existence as a Black woman.

Journeying with “Minari”: a reflection on the film

By Kathy KyoungAh Khang

Minari is the story of a Korean-American family’s journey of belonging and flourishing as they start a new life on a farm in Arkansas. An American film written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, it stars Steven Yeun of Walking Dead fame, Han Ye-ri, and Youn Yuh-jung.

How Indigenous Theologies Can Transform Christianity

By Anna Redsand

A Review of Decolonizing Evangelicalism by Randy S. Woodley and Bo C. Sanders

Shortly before he passed on, my friend, Diné (Navajo) scholar Larry Emerson, said to me, “You should write about decolonizing Christianity.

2021 Black History Month Recommendations for the Whole Family

Compiled by Dominique Gilliard

These lists are nowhere near exhaustive. A multitude of other great resources like Reading While Black, Who Will Be a Witness, Becoming, The Souls of Black Folk, The Miseducation of the Negro, and The Parable of the Sower could very well be on a list of this nature.

Way Back When

By Drew Jackson

I have never known a month
that is not February,
by which I mean,
not about the beauty of all things Black.

Yes, we were proud and Black
way back before Gerald Ford
said we could officially have
the shortest month.

Oaks

By Drew Jackson

Our crown has already been bought and paid for. All we have
to do is wear it.
~ James Baldwin

I love our ego tripping arrogance—
the audacity to claim this world as our rightful inheritance.

Bathtime Baptism

By Drew Jackson

Between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference—so wide that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked.