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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.

Three of My Heroes

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Who are the people who have influenced your life?

Navigating the world as both a Christian and a Japanese American, I have found it hard to find places that combine both of these important aspects of my life.

When Business Does Good

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

Originally posted September 25, 2018
Yes, businesses can do good…and I’m as surprised by this as you are.
When my soon-to-be-husband, Ned, told me that he was applying to business school, I was horrified.

How to Be Peacemakers in a World of Surging Polarization

By Chris Rice

Practicing Restorative Justice 

Polarized settings tend to be dominated by an either-or mindset. It’s oppositional thinking. Either you are Right or Left, and ne’er the twain shall meet. They are too divided and opposed to coexist.

The Best They Could Do

By La Thao

Thi Bui’s illustrated memoir The Best We Could Do tells the story of her family’s escape from Vietnam and the challenges of surviving as refugees in a new country. In an attempt to understand her parents better, Bui documents her family’s past and discovers the sacrifices her parents made for the sake of the family’s survival.

Making Our AAPI Heritage Visible 

By Jerry Z. Park

As we approach the end of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (the inclusion of Native Hawaiians occurring in 2021), here are a few quick-takes about this diverse collection of people groups.

Why Do We Drink?

By Erin Jean Warde

When I meet with a recovery coaching client for the first time, I ask for a brief history of their relationship with alcohol. I listen for the narratives inside a person’s drinking history.

Aperture of the Heart

By Nikole Lim
Shooting “wide open” allows me to capture the diverse beauty of people’s faces, laden with untold stories, while softening the distractions of the background, bringing their humanity to the forefront.

What I’d Include on My Asian American Theology Syllabus

By E. David de Leon

It’s May in academia, which means wrapping up the semester, celebrating graduates, and working on syllabi for the upcoming school year. It also happens to be AAPI heritage month! While I’m not teaching an Asian American theology class this upcoming year, this is a list of four books that have been incredibly important to me as an Asian American theologian, titles that I would put on my syllabus in the future.

The Surprising Numbers About the AAPI Community

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Sometimes data is just numbers.  But I like to tell my kids that statistics are numbers that tell a story.  In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, today’s list includes places to find data about the Asian American Pacific Islander community. 

How CSA Is Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2023

By Nikki Toyama-Szeto

I’m a list person.  Give me a goal and I’ll quickly turn it into a list.  Packing lists, to-do lists, booklists, all of it.

This month, as part of Asian American Pacific Islander History Month, we’ll be sharing some lists we hope will be helpful for those within the AAPI community and their friends.

CSA Featured in European Documentary Series

The European TV channel Arte interviewed CSA Director Nikki Toyama-Szeto for a new three-part documentary series that examines the rise of evangelical Christianity around the globe. Focusing especially on evangelicalism’s impact on the public sphere, the secular narrative exposes the uncomfortable relationship between this religious movement and political power structures.

Messy Edges

By Vina Mogg

Originally published Jun 26, 2018

I remember the first time I held a watercolor brush in my hand. There was something therapeutic about the weight of it between my fingers, the shape of the brush tapering at the end just so.

Saying Goodbye

By Sarah Withrow King

Originally published Dec 6, 2016 

If you’ve cared for an animal through death, you know it’s a sacrificial commitment, both financially and emotionally. Because our commitment to the animals in our homes is lifelong, it means that we suffer loss regularly.