- EventSeptember 29: A View from the White House: 20 Years of Faith-State PartnershipEvent Details Thursday, September 29 7 p.m. Click here to RSVP Event Location University of Southern California Wallis Annenberg Hall 106 3630 Watt Way Los Angeles, CA 90089 Parking: $12 at PSD …Topics: Economic Inequality, Event, Faith-Based Organizations, Government and Religion, Religious Regulation and Accommodation, Social Services
- AnnouncementCRCC Honored at White House for Helping L.A. Become Stronger and Better Prepared for DisastersBy Rebecca Cheng Brie Loskota, executive director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, was honored at the White House last week for her work bridging faith organizations and government …Topics: Disaster Response, Government and Religion, Southern California
- CommentaryWhat We Know – And What We Don’t Know – After 20 Years of Charitable ChoiceThis post is adapted from a longer white paper on 20 years of Charitable Choice. Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 …Topics: Economic Inequality, Faith-Based Organizations, Government and Religion, Political Attitudes and Values, Social Services
- VideoCharting the Future of Religion in Los Angeles and Beyond – The Story of USC CRCC
- EventNov. 17: “White Nights, Black Paradise” Film ScreeningEvent Details Free and open to the public Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:30 PM Please click here to RSVP Event Location University of Southern California Taper Hall of Humanities, Room 301 (THH …Topics: CMCCE, Event, Gender, Race and Culture
- EventFeb. 9: Reimagining Religion ConferenceEvent Details February 9, 2017 Please click here and fill out this form to be added to the invite list. Increasingly, Americans are choosing not to identify with a particular religious tradition. …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Event, Meditation and Prayer, Political Attitudes and Values, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Southern California
- CRCC in the NewsReligion News Service: 15 Years After 9/11, Are Congregations Prepared for Disasters?The 15th anniversary of 9/11 reminds religious leaders of the important role of congregations when faced with community disasters, Religion News Service reported. Few faith leaders, however, actually prepare plans to address …Topics: Disaster Response, Religious Leadership, Violence
- CRCC in the NewsAmerica magazine: Trump Makes a Place for FaithAs presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks more on his own faith to appeal to religious voters, his statements remain largely ambiguous. America, a national Catholic magazine, interviewed CRCC’s Andrew Johnson about his …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Political Attitudes and Values, Voting and Elections
- CommentaryReligious Competition and Creative Innovation Around the Globe at Seoul ConferenceCRCC researchers went to Seoul, South Korea for a conference on Religious Competition and Creative Innovation. Seoul serves as a comparison city to Los Angeles for the CRCC project, and the Seoul …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Korea
- 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
“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
A Pragmatist’s View of Religion
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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.