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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.

Mass Incarceration: A Gospel Response

By Bishop Ernest McNear and Reverend Lin Crowe
The statistics hang over the cities of America like a thick grey cloud, almost blotting out the light of hope and opportunity. One out of every nine young black males in the United States between the ages of twenty and thirty-four is behind bars.

Dear White People: Being an Ally Is More Than a Performance

By Brandi Miller
For many non-Black folks, performative allyship is a time to scream from social media rooftops about how they are not racist or are simply down for the cause. Performative allyship is where many, specifically White folks, attempt to distance themselves from more problematic white people and the institution of white supremacy at large.

Don’t Call Yourself My Ally

By Alicia Crosby
“…we’re on the same side. I’m your ally.” I’ve heard a version of this sentiment too many times to count over the years, and after taking a deep breath and stifling the urge to roll my eyes, my response is always the same: You cannot name yourself as an ally; that title is bestowed upon you. It should not be assumed.

People of Color: You DO Own Your Own Story

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto
Saying “No” is okay. This is the phrase I repeatedly tell myself after receiving another invitation by a Christian leader to join a group of people talking about race.

Challenging Racism: The Brown Church

By Robert Chao Romero

I’m Spanish.
My family is from Spain.
We’re from Peru, but my husband is Italian.
I’m a norteño; I’m not an Indian from southern Mexico.
She has “bad hair.”
Marry someone lighter than you, pa’ que mejorar la raza.

Black Boy

By Marissa Mack
Black boy
I cry for you every night
This world has
No love for you

25 Books by Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading

By Kaitlin B. Curtice

I’m constantly asked for resources on how people can move forward learning about Indigenous culture, and I’m often repeating the same thing: read books.

Read books.

First and foremost, this supports Indigenous peoples who are writers and creators.

Heroes of the Faith: Lott Carey

By Leslie Hammond
“I have counted the cost and have sacrificed all my worldly possession to this undertaking. I am prepared to meet imprisonment or even death in carrying out the purposes of my heart.”

Discussion Questions: Emanuel

By Tia Gaines and Victor Ko

Emanuel: The Untold Story of the Victims and Survivors of the Charleston Church Shooting
Five discussion questions for the movie, to be used on your own or in a small group.

When Faith, Justice, and Race Collide

By Rev. Lori G. Baynard

Why the Amber Guyger sentencing caused an uproar among people of faith

The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw. How long, Oh Lord will I call for help, and you will not hear?