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- CommentaryU.S. Christianity Is Dead, Long Live U.S. Christianity – The Implications of New Religious Affiliation DataCRCC Research Director Richard Flory responds to the Pew Research Center’s report on the changing American religious landscape on Religion Dispatches. The two basic story lines coming out of the report—the fall …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation
- CommentaryCompetitive Religious Philanthropy in the Wake of the Nepali EarthquakeCRCC Research Associate Nalike Gajaweera wrote about “competitive philanthropy” in her dissertation on Buddhist NGOs operating in Sri Lanka. At Religion Dispatches, she blogs about how this concept is playing out in …Topics: Asia, Buddhists and Buddhism, Creativity and Innovation, Disaster Response, Hindus and Hinduism, Missionaries
- EventFilm Screening: The ThrowawaysEvent Details May 26, 2015 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Free, RSVP Required Event Details Location University Park Campus Ray Stark Family Theatre SCA Room 108 900 W 34th St (University of …Topics: Criminal Justice, Event, Race and Culture
- CommentaryDo Government Regulations Get in the Way of Doing Good After a Disaster?This post was originally published by Zócalo Public Square. Any time now, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is going to announce whom he has hired to be the city’s chief resilience officer, the …Topics: Disaster Response, Government and Religion,
- CommentaryAyaan Hirsi Ali Is Not the Reformer Islam Needs. Here Are the Real ReformersTo the chagrin of many Muslims, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is back on the talk show circuit, promoting her new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. And, for the first time, …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Muslims and Islam, Religious Extremism
- MapStorefront ChurchesStorefront Churches Professor Martin Krieger created this resource. To learn more about storefront churches and other projects by Prof. Krieger, visit Urban Tomographies.Topics: Southern California, Storefront Churches
- VideoPentecostal Prayer Gangs: Documenting Religion in a Brazilian Prison
- CommentaryThe “Nones” Are AlrightCRCC’s senior writer Nick Street wrote an op-ed for Al Jazeera America in response to David Brooks’ recent New York Times column about religious “Nones.” Street argues that, far from becoming morally …Topics: Community Dynamics, Millennials, Religious "Nones", Social Services
- CommentaryMile of Miracles: A Microcosm of L.A.’s Religious Diversity(Photo by Candice Montgomery from Flickr Commons.) The processes of spiritual seeking, discovering and creating are constantly shaping and reshaping the religious landscape of Los Angeles. Far from being a godless metropolis, …Topics: Demographics, National and cultural identity, Place and Religion, Race and Ethnicity, Religious Affiliation, Southern California
- CommentaryThe (Next) Fire Next Time(Image: South St. Louis after the riots, from quicklyslowly on Flickr Commons) As I watched nationwide protests flare after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, MO, …Topics: Community Dynamics, Multi-ethnic/racial Congregations, Protests and Uprisings, Race and Culture, Social Services
- Photo GalleryThe Visual History of Christian Civic Activism in ChinaAccounts of the Hong Kong campaign for political choice and universal suffrage that began in late September have emphasized the prominence of Christian activists in planning and leading that movement. Community organizer …Topics: Asia, China, Economic Inequality, Missionaries, Protests and Uprisingsshow more
“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
The CRCC can connect you with one of our many expert religious researchers and writers, contact us and we’ll help you find the right person for your subject.
- Donald E. MillerExecutive DirectorDonald Miller focuses on global religious trends, genocides of the 20th century, and the role of religious NGOs in addressing issues of moral concern.
- 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 LoskotaManaging DirectorBrie Loskota researches how religions change and make change in the world, and works to build the capacity of religious communities around the globe.
- 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.
- Richard FloryDirector of ResearchRichard 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 US 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.