- CommentaryFinding Love in the Heart of Skid RowBy Ariel Blandford, video intern with CRCC As the sun set over the Los Angeles downtown skyline, it illuminated cotton candy clouds and painted the row buildings in pastels, creating a watercolor …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Religious Leadership, Social Services, Southern California
- CommentaryL.A. Times: It’s 2016 and the Civil Rights Era Hasn’t EndedThis post originally appeared on the Sunday OpEd page of the L.A. Times. I participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. I was pastor of my second church, in Kansas City, Kansas, in …Topics: Black Church, CMCCE, Criminal Justice, Economic Inequality, Political Attitudes and Values, Protests and Uprisings, Race and Culture, Religious Leadership, Southern California
- CommentaryMaking Evangelical America Great Again: Trump and “Wall” ChristiansAlong with many other observers, I have been struggling to understand how nearly 80 percent of white evangelical Protestant voters can support Donald Trump, someone who has a dubious church-going record and …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Political Attitudes and Values, Voting and Elections
- CRCC in the NewsBuzzfeed: Silicon Valley’s Hippest Church Is Going PublicCRCC’s senior research director Richard Flory was quoted by Buzzfeed about religious revival in Silicon Valley. An excerpt from the article: C3SV’s [an independent offshoot of a Pentecostal megachurch] parent, C3 Global, …Topics: Branding and Marketing, Christians and Christianity, Megachurches, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
- CRCC in the NewsOC Register: Police and Community Will March Together in AugustUPDATE: OC Register columnist David Whiting wrote about the OC Solidarity March led by Pastor Mark Whitlock and Murray Center alum Charles Dorsey. Over the years, I’ve witnessed dozens of marches – some for peace, …Topics: CMCCE, Protests and Uprisings, Religious Leadership, Violence
- ArticleManny Pacquiao, Championship Boxer, Has a New Opponent: Philippine PovertyThis article originally appeared in Christianity Today. It is available in full behind a paywall on their site. A political candidate was recently elected who is a bigger celebrity than Donald Trump, …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Political Attitudes and Values
- ArticleDoing It All For Her: A Lesbian Muslim Hip-Hop Singer on Art and ActivismThis article originally appeared on The Huffington Post. “I could’ve been like the dude in Orlando,” said Jaheda Choudhury-Potter, a self-described “geeky dark-skinned lesbian Muslim” who fronts a queer hip-hop band in …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Europe, LGBT Issues, Muslims and Islam, Religious Extremism, Violence
- CRCC in the NewsOC Register & Jewish Journal: Voices for Peace After ShootingsWith tensions high after police shootings and the shootings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the leaders of the the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement continue to be voices of …Topics: Black Church, CMCCE, Race and Culture, Religious Leadership, Violence
- CommentaryWhat’s a Preacher to Say in the Wake of Tragedy?If you were anywhere near a radio, TV to catch the news this past week, you know that July 5-8 was a difficult and emotionally charged week. We saw footage of not …Topics: Black Church, Christians and Christianity, CMCCE, Protests and Uprisings, Race and Culture, Religious Leadership, Violence
- CRCC in the NewsL.A. Daily News: As Ramadan Ends, Local Muslims Reflect on how Violence Hung over a Holy Month of PeaceCRCC’s Executive Director Brie Loskota was quoted in an article about the end of Ramadan in The Los Angeles Daily News. The article marks the somber reflections of the Muslim American community …Topics: Muslims and Islam, Political Attitudes and Values, Voting and Elections
- CRCC in the NewsKPCC Take Two: Raising Children in a Time of Religious ChangeKPCC’s Take Two took on the question of how parents can introduce their kids to religion and spirituality. CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota offered her expertise in both religion and parenting for …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Family and Relationships, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Religious Pluralism
- CommentaryDobson’s Baby: Trump’s Baptism at the Evangelical-Washing FontThis post originally appeared in Religion Dispatches. Donald Trump is now a “baby Christian“? Now that Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee—the old guard has stepped forward to engage in an ancient …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Political Attitudes and Values, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Voting and Elections
“It is reasonably easy to be an armchair critic of religion. There are ample examples of religious leaders who compromise the values of their tradition, and the fundamentalists of every religion are inevitably out of step with the latest findings of modern science.
“But the storyline about religion gets more complicated when one examines religious people in the trenches, serving the poor and disenfranchised of their societies.”
– Donald E. Miller
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- Mark WhitlockExecutive Director of USC Cecil Murray Center for Community EngagementRev. Mark Whitlock is a pastor specializing in church leadership and community and economic development.
- Cecil L. MurrayUniversity FellowRev. Cecil Murray works to ensure that the legacy of African American Church leaders pass on their years of experience to the next generation.
- Brie LoskotaExecutive DirectorBrie Loskota researches how religions change and make change in the world, and works to build the capacity of religious communities around the globe.
- Donald E. MillerProfessor of ReligionDonald Miller focuses on global religious trends, genocides of the 20th century, and the role of religious NGOs in addressing issues of moral concern.
- Richard FlorySenior Director of Research and EvaluationRichard Flory is a sociologist whose work focuses on religion and urban life, religious and cultural change, and youth and young adults.
- Nalika GajaweeraResearch AssociateNalika Gajaweera is a cultural anthropologist specialized in Buddhism, transnationalism and ethics, with an area expertise in South Asia.
- Juan MartínezContributing FellowJuan Martinez studies the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity and transnational mission among U.S. Latinos.
- Najuma Smith-PollardProgram Manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community EngagementRev. Najuma Smith-Pollard combines her experience as a pastor and expertise as a community leader to train Murray Center Fellows.
- Nick StreetSenior WriterNick Street is a journalist covering religious change and innovation, Buddhism, Pentecostalism and LGBT issues.