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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.

Recounting Joy (Week 4): An Advent Practice

By Laurie Nichols

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.” – Romans 15:13

Many think of joy as an elated state. A dictionary definition tells us that joy is “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.” In the Bible, however, we find something a little bit different—something that looks a bit more like a peaceful, vibrant, and contented cheerfulness instead of a dance party.

Recounting Peace (Week 2): An Advent Practice

By Alejandra Ortiz

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. 

Recounting Hope (Week 1): An Advent Practice

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

On Fear and the Freedom to Embrace

By Kristyn Komarnicki

I am in a bilingual, transnational marriage. I’ve lived in four countries on three continents. In my native country now, I live in a racially mixed neighborhood. I cultivate friendships with people from around the world.

Sojourners on Earth, Citizens in Heaven: A 9/11 Reflection 20 Years Later

By Christina Ray Stanton

Our boat pushed off, and I let out a deep sigh of relief. As we set sail across the Hudson River, I could see dozens of others—commuter ferries, fishing boats, dinner cruise ships, party boats, tugboats—rushing to rescue the thousands of people who, like us, had survived but been trapped by debris from the burning, crumbling Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

Lenten Resources

Compiled by the CSA team

How are you observing Lent this year? We’re highlighting a number of Lenten devotionals that focus on seeking justice. We hope you’ll check out some of these and find one that connects with your heart.

Webinar: Leading Your Church Through Grief and Loss

Featuring Francesca Nuzzolese

Leading Your Church through Grief and Loss from Evangelicals for Social Action on Vimeo.

Accompanying individuals and congregations in the process of grief and bereavement is one of the most important dimensions of pastoral ministry.

The Benefits of Dust

By Deborah Watson

Dust gets a bad rap. We chase it out of our homes, or we think we should. So why a meditation on the benefits of dust? Even in the Bible, of the 100 references to “dust,” almost all of them are negative.