- CommentaryPresident Obama Lifts up Young Muslim Activists, Including AMCLI AlumniJust before President Obama made his public remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore this week–his first visit to a mosque as President–he met with a dozen Muslim leaders from across the …Topics: AMCLI, Discrimination and Prejudice, Government and Religion, Muslims and Islam, Religious Leadership, Religious Pluralism
- CommentaryThe Boxer’s PrayerThis post originally appeared on Huffington Post Religion. Many professional athletes pray before they compete, but boxers’ prayers are special. On a recent Saturday night, Artur Szpilka was carried from the ring …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Meditation and Prayer, Violence
- AnnouncementBrie Loskota Named Executive Director of CRCCThe USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture starts its 20th year with a new leader. Brie Loskota was appointed CRCC’s executive director by Dani Byrd, interim dean of the USC Dornsife …Topics: Highlights,
- EventUnderstanding Syria’s Refugee Crisis ConferenceEvent Details Friday, February 26, 2016 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP Event Location University of Southern California Room ASC 2073502 Watt Way Los Angeles, CA 90089 Five years …Topics: Event, Immigration, Middle East and North Africa, Muslims and Islam, Violence
- CommentaryReligious, Spiritual and “None of the Above”: How Did Mindfulness Get So Big?This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. The ever-growing popularity of mindfulness—from corporate boardrooms to inner-city schools—has finally made my academic interest a conversation-starter at dinner parties. “Ah, the Buddha was talking about cognitive …Topics: Buddhists and Buddhism, Creativity and Innovation, Meditation and Prayer
- CRCC in the NewsThe Economist: Charismatic Christianity Thrives Among People on the MoveThe Economist featured Donald Miller’s work on Pentecostalism in a series of stories in the January 23, 2016 issue. Miller has studied Pentecostal and charismatic renewal movements around the world, and through …Topics: Immigration, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
- CommentaryWhy Terrorists Can’t Win in World’s Largest Muslim CityA few minutes after newswires began to buzz with reports of a terrorist attack in Indonesia, I received a text from a friend at the Los Angeles Times. “My Starbucks in Jakarta …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Muslims and Islam, Religious Extremism, Violence
- CommentaryWhat the Fight over Allah Says About the Future of Evangelical ChristianityThis post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. When Professor Larycia Hawkins of Wheaton College publicly announced her solidarity with Muslims by wearing a hijab through the holiday season—and stated that Christians and …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Religious Beliefs and Rituals
- ArticleMuslims Seek a Delicate Balance in a Secular EuropeThis story was originally published by the Los Angeles Times as part of a reporting project supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. A light rain was falling as young men …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Discrimination and Prejudice, Europe, Gender, LGBT Issues, Muslims and Islam, Political Attitudes and Values
- CommentaryThe Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016From the rise of evangelical hipsters to the rise of religious “nones,” religion is in a period of flux as we end one year and look forward to the next. Here at …Topics: Black Church, Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Hunger and Food Policy, Immigration, Latinos, LGBT Issues, Megachurches, Millennials, Place and Religion, Political Attitudes and Values, Protests and Uprisings, Race and Culture, Religious "Nones", Religious Leadership, Social Services, Voting and Elections
- CommentaryCelebrating Christmas in an Age of Religious ExtremismThis article was originally published on The Conversation. From the recent attack on Planned Parenthood to the shooting in San Bernardino, extremists of all stripes are revealing the ugly side of religion. …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Meditation and Prayer, Millennials, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Religious Extremism
- CommentaryLos Angeles Rallies Around Muslim Americans After Terrorist AttacksJapanese and Muslim American groups, as well as other supporters, gathered for a candlelight vigil in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood to remember the victims of recent terrorist attacks and stand up …Topics: Interfaith/Multifaith Movements, Muslims and Islam, Religious Extremism, Religious Leadership, Religious Pluralism, Southern California, Violence
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“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 Jeanette 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.