CSA Associates Explore Values
During the summer of 2021, the CSA Associate Community gathered virtually for their annual visioning day. They used their time together to explore a number of values the group considered vital to their continued progress in carrying out the mission and charism of CSA. In October, during Associate Community Week, they revisited with one another the values named within the summer gathering and concluded the week with a Recommitment Prayer Service. The sampling below lists some of the values which were identified, together with a few of the ways the associate community lives them:
Spirituality - An associate’s spirituality is formed by an awareness of the changing needs of the times and responds with actions that extend the CSA charism and mission to others. It is enhanced by prayer services, retreats, and centering prayer.
Care of Earth - Associates honor their interdependence with all of God's creation. Communally, they commit to care for Earth by planting trees and flowers and participating in highway cleanup. Individually, associates recycle, reduce consumption, compost, reduce purchases of new goods, donate to and shop at thrift stores, and buy from local producers.
Community – Associates support the gifts, talents, and strengths of each individual in the community through “Home Circles” and gatherings. Bonded by the CSA charism, individual commitments and spirituality are enhanced by community commitment and action.
Hospitality and Inclusion - To be hospitable and inclusive is to welcome with kindness every person we encounter. Associates extend hospitality and inclusion beyond their community to share the love of God with goodwill and grace, in word and action, recognizing the dignity and giftedness of all people.
Social Justice - Associates studied and affirmed the Corporate Stances of the Congregation and now continue to integrate the values of the documents into their lives. Associates take actions for the common good, advocate for systemic change, commit to educate themselves on current issues, and participate in justice initiatives.