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Catholic Sisters: Champions of Sustainable Development

Catholic sisters’ work with vulnerable people is inspired by their faith, and it also aligns with international community’s approach to development. This video illustrates the unique role sisters play in promoting sustainable …

Dignity and Power Now: The Spirituality of Black Lives Matter

Dignity and Power Now (DPN), a grassroots organization in Los Angeles, works to end mass incarceration. Founded by Patrisse Cullors, an artist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, DPN uses …

Catholic Sisters in Africa: Strong, Vital and Taking on Global Challenges

This post was adapted from our report on the Conrad N. Hilton’s Catholic Sisters Initiative. Catholic sisters have been present in Africa since the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny landed on …

The Emerging Global Sisterhood – Sr. Rosemarie Nassif on Catholic Sisters, Pope Francis & the UN SDGs

With a global network of Catholic sisters, the Catholic Church has a unique ability to respond to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sister Rosemarie Nassif, SSND, speaks at the International …

The Habit and the Hijab: An Exploration on Sacred Dress

Not all nuns look the same. As a Muslim American with very little exposure to Catholicism, I recently have learned about the diversity of Catholic sisters. This basic lesson has proven to …

Muslims Seek a Delicate Balance in a Secular Europe

This story was originally published by the Los Angeles Times as part of a reporting project supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. A light rain was falling as young men …

College-bound Sisters: Higher Education for Sisters in Africa

Earning an advanced degree can allow Catholic sisters in Africa to become administrators at schools, nurses and health workers and other professionals that serve their communities. Catholic sisters provide crucial services in …

Catholic Sisters Lead the Way in Africa

In Kenya, 27 percent of women and girls undergo Female Genital Mutilation. Catholic sisters have played a significant role in changing the culture and helping girls who are running away from FGM …

A New Generation Becomes Civic Leaders in Africa

Post courtesy of the United States Institute of Peace. CRCC Managing Director Brie Loskota is one of the trainers with the Generation Change program. By Fred Strasser The road to leadership for …

Voice of America: Women’s Mosque Fits Within a Larger Context

CRCC Managing Director Brie Loskota explained the context out of which the women’s mosque emerged for a story produced by Voice of America. Watch the story here: Here’s what Loskota said: “The …

First All-female Mosque Opens in Los Angeles

This post originally appeared on Al Jazeera America. The first women-only mosque in the United States opened its doors in Los Angeles on Friday with an inaugural jummah, or prayer, by Edina …

The Washington Post: In Thailand, US evangelicals work to end prostitution

CRCC’s Brie Loskota was quoted in The Washington Post about evangelical Christians’ work against sex trafficking. This goal of uplifting individual human dignity drives U.S. evangelicals to fight sex trafficking, Loskota said. …

Spirituality and Religion on “TakePart Live”

CRCC Managing Director Brie Loskota appeared on an episode of Pivot TV’s TakePart Live along with The OpEd Project director Zeba Khan and comedian David Harris to discuss changing views of religion …

Second Acts: Portraits from Christian Renewal Movements in Brazil

The name Silas Malafaia was on everyone’s lips. A sociologist at a secular university near Brasilia, the rector of a Catholic seminary in Campinas, a Pentecostal lawyer in Sao Paulo and a …

Gender in Pentecostal Communities

During the Azusa Street Revival of the early 20th century, single white women embarked on one-way journeys to parts of the globe that were largely unknown to most of them. These women …

How Can Public Officials Engage With Religion? Faith and Diplomacy Briefing

Brie Loskota delivered the following remarks at a Faith and Diplomacy Briefing in Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2011. The event was sponsored by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. I was …

A More Complex View of Gender and Sexuality in Christianity

The CRCC Interdisciplinary Research Group held its first seminar on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. This session featured Heather White (New College of Florida) and Sheila Briggs (USC). Lori Meeks writes that the papers revealed “Christian views of gender and sexuality would surprise contemporary Christians.”

Smackdown Jesus

That evangelical Christians have long been able to co-opt popular cultural forms, give them a nice (and wholesome) Christian gloss, and then turn them into forms intended to further their aims is …

The Long View of Women’s Roles in Religion

It is no secret that women generally get the short end of the stick, so to speak, when it comes to how they are treated and viewed in religions and religious institutions. …

A Sociology of Spirituality

A Sociology of Spirituality Kieran Flanagan, editor (Routledge: 2007)             The emergence of spirituality in contemporary culture in holistic forms suggests that organised religions have failed. This …