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Embodied Religion: Reassessing the Role of the “Senses” in Religious Research

We often make the mistake of identifying religious vitality with assent to particular beliefs. In this process, we forget that intellectual assent to beliefs is merely one element of religious experience. I …

Nefesh: A Soulful Experiment in Jewish Revival

Nafesh has breathed new life into Jewish communal devotional practice at one of the most storied synagogues in Los Angeles. Watch here: Like many religions, Judaism faces a decline in participation in …

Reimagining Religion: The 10 Qualities of Creative Communities

The following was edited from Brie Loskota’s opening remarks at Reimagining Religion: A Conversation about the Future of Religion, held at University of Southern California on February 9, 2017. We are in …

The Kingdom of God and American Exceptionalism

Does America have a special God-given role in the world? In meetings with both evangelical and religiously unaffiliated young adults in Los Angeles, I have seen a shift in the understanding of …

Laundry Love California: A Story Map

What’s So Wrong with Mindfulness?

This article originally appeared in Tricycle. “I was stressed out, burned out, and divorced. And then I started doing yoga.” This is how many people I have spoken to in the course …

How a Christian Movement Is Growing Rapidly in the Midst of Religious Decline

This article was originally published on The Conversation. In August of 2011, more than 30,000 people cheered wildly as the then U.S. presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry – now secretary …

Reimagining Religion Blog Book

In 2014, CRCC was awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the proposition that competition between religious groups stimulates creative innovation, contributing to religious change. This “Religious Competition and …

A Mosque with Open Doors, Inviting the Community In

Masjid Al-Fatiha embraces its role as an ambassador for Islam in the larger community, while also creating a space for Thai Muslims to preserve their religious and cultural traditions in America. Although …

BYU Radio: Richard Flory on Religious “Nones”

An increasing number of Americans do not affiliate with any particular religion. BYU Radio’s Matt Townsend Show recently interviewed CRCC senior director of research and evaluation Richard Flory, about the increase of religious “nones” in …

Long Beach: Interactive Map of Religious Congregations

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders are Changing the Religious Landscape

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape Brad Christerson and Richard Flory (Oxford University Press 2017) Why, when traditionally organized religious groups are seeing declining membership and …

Congregational Research App

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture has mapped more than 500 congregations across Southern California, creating neighborhood maps that present information on congregations in a designated area. A key data collection tool …

The Other Muslim Fringe: Muslim Activism in Europe

CRCC’s Nick Street had a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to explore young Muslims in Europe working to create a space for themselves. Watch this video to hear about what …

A Religious Test No One Can Pass

We are seeing a rise of government policy predicated on religious illiteracy and religious bigotry. Executive orders are being formed to target Muslims, and border procedures assessing acceptable and unacceptable religious belief …

In Trump Era, Young Muslims Question Respectability Politics of Mosques

This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Possibly this week, President Trump might sign yet another executive order, this time restricting entry to the United States from majority Muslim countries [read a draft …

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 …

Spiritual Healing Networks in Long Beach

Long Beach, California is a perfect example of the creativity and collaboration among people who embrace spiritual forms of healing, such as yoga and meditation. This video explores how this network operates: …

The Changing Nature of America’s Irreligious Explained

This article was originally published on The Conversation. A recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th Congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of Americans who claim no …

Religion Dispatches: “Integrated into a Burning House?”: A Pre-Inauguration Conversation with Rev. Cecil Murray

In response to America’s changing social and political climate, Religion Dispatches interviewed Rev. Cecil Murray to discuss how the Black Church’s past can influence its future role under a Trump Presidency. Rev. Murray …