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Words of the Week – Empowering Poor People

The post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. The church has a dark hidden secret. It has been a secret for decades. The secret is churches have a number of the …

L.A. Sentinel: Faith Leaders Urge Thankfulness

The Los Angeles Sentinel asked Southern California faith leaders to share what they’re thankful for during a year that has been particularly hard on communities of color. The article quoted both the …

The Orange County Register: Irvine pastor Rev. Mark Whitlock exhorts church to ‘set a moral tone’ during Trump Presidency

In response to the surprising Trump victory of this year’s Presidential election, the Rev. Mark Whitlock is encouraging for faith organizations to be prominent moral voices against any future policies that could …

OC Register & Jewish Journal: Voices for Peace After Shootings

With 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 …

NPR Next Generation: In South L.A., Black Churches Serve as Financial Institutions

Some churches in South L.A. don’t just ask people to donate a 10 percent tithe to the church, they also help congregants manage the other 90 percent of their money, USC Annenberg …

OC Register, NBC: Interfaith Service Highlights Safety Concerns

Rev. Mark Whitlock, executive director of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, hosted an interfaith prayer service for the victims of the Easter terrorist attack in Pakistan at his church in …

L.A. Daily News: How Rodney King Beating Spurred Faith-based Activism

On the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King beating, Los Angeles Daily News told Rev. Mark Whitlock’s story of how the event affected his personal life, the church and the broader community …

OC Register: Bridging the Racial Divide on Sunday Morning

The Orange County Register covered the story of a mostly white Evangelical and mostly Black church coming together following last year’s racially motivated shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in …

Bank Data on Diversity Can Help Close Racial Wealth Gap

Rev. Mark Whitlock, Executive Director of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, wrote this Op-Ed for American Banker with Aubry Stone, president and CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce …

Talk Back Live: Murray and Whitlock on Racial Justice and the Black Church

Rev. Cecil Murray and Rev. Mark Whitlock were interviewed by Antoine Hawkins on his radio show, Talk Back Live. Click here to listen to the interview Here are some highlights: Asked about …

How to Give to the Poor Without Getting Ripped Off – Church Finance Series

This version of this post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. In bad economic times, churches are the targets of professional con artists committed to rip the church off.  Some rip …

Pace News: Front Page Story on Faith Leaders Institute

Gloria Zuuerveen, editor-in-chief of Pace News, dedicated the entire front page to the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s Faith Leaders Institute. Here’s an excerpt from the piece: Rev. Mark Whitlock, executive …

Securing God’s Sanctuary – How to Protect Your Congregation from Attacks

A version of this article also ran in LA Sentinel. The vicious killing of nine people attending Bible Study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC has created a national concern for …

CBS, NPR Affiliates Interview Rev. Mark Whitlock on Charleston Shooting

The shooting of nine at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina has affected the entire African Methodist Episcopal church. Here in Southern California, Rev. Mark Whitlock heard news of the shooting …

Shooting at Charleston AME Church Won’t Slow Civil Rights Church

In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, Rev. Mark Whitlock is pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, CA. Last night, …

Let the Church Say ‘Thank You!’ – Church Finance Series

This post originally appeared in The Los Angeles Sentinel. Every Sunday morning, the church offers prayer, scriptures, songs, a sermon and the almighty offering, but does the church say, “Thank you?” Giving …

Ask and It Shall Be Given! Church Finance Series

A version of this article appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. Our church needed money to build a new sanctuary. We had raised some money, but it was not enough. Our small …

How To Create a Church Budget – Church Finance Series

A version of this article appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. The church budgeting process can be difficult or delightful. Either way it’s necessary. As I wrote in part one, churches have …

L.A. Times, American Banker: Community Coalition Supports Bank Merger

The Rev. Mark Whitlock, executive director of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, is bringing religion to the financial pages. Whitlock played an active role in the public hearings on the …

Show Members the Money! Church Finance Series

A version of this article appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. Churches are required to be transparent and fiscally accountable and to work together to manage God’s money. But too many churches …