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Faith Leaders on Los Angeles’ Homelessness Crisis

The University of Southern California hosted a high-level roundtable of local faith leaders to discuss how the faith community could jointly respond to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. This post includes …

How a Group of California Nuns Challenged the Catholic Church

This article was originally published on The Conversation. California in the 1960s was the epicenter for spiritual experimentation. Indian gurus and New Age prophets, Jesus freaks and Scientologists all found followings in …

Reviews of The Rise of Network Christianity

Two academic journals reviewed The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape, by CRCC’s Richard Flory and Brad Christerson. The book explains the social forces behind the …

Hollywood Beloved: A Catholic Procession on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Hollywood Beloved is a Catholic Eucharistic procession that brings together multiple parishes and Catholic organizations from around Southern California for public worship in the heart of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. At the …

New York Times: Richard Flory on Hillsong’s Celebrity Culture

“Own the Moment” by Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz presents the church’s brand of hip, approachable Christianity, according to the New York Times Books section. The story turned to CRCC’s Richard Flory …

OC Register: Mark Whitlock on Church Security

Following the mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5, Rev. Mark Whitlock spoke with the Orange County Register about the need to balance security and hospitality …

How do you build Peace? CRCC’s Brie Loskota joins USIP Meeting with the Dalai Lama

Brie Loskota was part of a U.S. Institute of Peace delegation that met with the His Holiness the Dalai Lama to discuss peace-building. When @brieloskota met @DalaiLama, she brought him @USC hat …

Christianity Today Review of “If I Give my Soul”

Christianity Today reviewed Andrew Johnson’s book, If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro, giving the book five stars. Johnson’s research for the book was supported by  CRCC’s Pentecostal …

Reimagining Religion Conference: The Future of Religion in Los Angeles

What does the future of religion in the United States look like? Even as religious affiliation declines, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture finds signs of innovation and vitality in …

500 Years After the Reformation, Religion Is Undergoing Creative Destruction

Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. He aimed to protest the Catholic Church’s practice of issuing indulgences and other abuses of …

Today’s Mass Killings Shouldn’t Distort Our Assessment of Everyday Risk

This post originally appeared on Zócolo Public Square.  In the midst of the Second Intifada, in summer 2001, I was living in the dorms at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Normally bustling streets …

Buzzfeed News: INC Christianity Spreads through Bethel School of Supernatural Minsitry

The Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry is causing rifts in Redding, California, Buzzfeed News reports. The school is at the center of INC — Independent Network Charismatic — Christianity, a growing movement …

How a Growing Christian Movement is Seeking to Change America

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Last week, from Oct. 6 to 9, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was filled with tents, worship music and prayer for the “Awaken …

Youth and Religious Actors Engaging for Peace

The following report was produced by the U.S. Institute of Peace. CRCC & USIP partner to run the Generation Change Fellowship Program. In the context of UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace, …

Daily Pilot: The Fast-Growing Catholic Diocese of Orange

The Catholic Diocese of Orange is among the fastest-growing dioceses in the United States, and its strength lies in its diversity, reports the Daily Pilot. “If you look at the Diocese of Orange, …

Photo Slideshow: Rev. Cecil Murray’s 88th Birthday

Rev. Cecil Murray turned 88 years young this year, and the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture celebrated his lifetime of faith and service with some of his family, friends and …

Pico Union Project: An Interfaith Space in Los Angeles

The Pico-Union Project reveals several layers of Los Angeles’ immigrant religious history, even as it embodies the communities and practices that are shaping the city’s future. Built in 1909 for a Jewish …

The New York Times: The Creation of a Modern Megachurch

In a few years, Zerephath Christian Church in New Jersey has transformed from the dwindling base of a little-known denomination to a large megachurch. The New York Times reported on this transition, turning to CRCC’s …

Ayahuasca-naut: A Zen Student’s Experiment with Shamanic Medicine

This piece originally appeared in Boom California. A hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca is having a heyday in the United States. Rolling Stone, Fusion, VICE and other trend-spotting news outlets have posted stories about spiritual adventurers tripping …

September 16, 2001: Rev. Murray’s post-9/11 Sermon

In a sermon titled “Above the Madness,” Rev. Cecil Murray of First AME Church (FAME) in Los Angeles admonished his congregation not to partake of the toxic stew of hatred and rage …