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Prosperity Gospel Is not the only Problem with Joel Osteen’s Harvey Response

This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Twitter was outraged Monday. Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, housed in a former basketball arena, looked to be dry and quiet, even as thousands of Houstonians …

OC Register: Orange County Church Finds Higher Purpose with Affordable Housing

The Wesley Village affordable housing project in Garden Grove was recently opened on Garden Grove United Methodist Church’s land. The concept of using church land to host affordable housing has been used …

Trust Talks: A Dialogue on Police and Race in Los Angeles

  Trust Talks is a faith community-led initiative that brings together all sides of the Downtown Los Angeles community—including representatives of Skid Row, condo owners and renters, police, business owners, and activists—in …

How to Handle Church Rip-Off Artists – Church Finance Series

This article originally appeared in The Christian Recorder. In bad economic times, churches are the target of professional con artists committed to ripping the church off. Some rip off artists hit 50 …

Laundry Love California: A Story Map

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 …

A New Post-Election Religious Alignment

This post originally appeared at On Faith. After a long election season in which it seemed that religion, for once, wasn’t the big story, we found out that eight out of 10 …

Laundry Love: Making a Laundromat Sacred through Service

Laundry Love is a nationwide network of more than 100 groups that offer free laundry to people in need, creating new communities at laundromats. It began in Ventura, California in the early …

What We Know – And What We Don’t Know – After 20 Years of Charitable Choice

This post is adapted from a longer white paper on 20 years of Charitable Choice. Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 …

Charitable Choice: A Bibliography

With the passage of welfare reform in 1996, the United States government instituted the “Charitable Choice” provision, leading to, for the first time, direct funding of religious organizations to provide social services. …

The Row L.A. – A Skid Row Church Ministers on the Streets of Los Angeles

At The Row, or the “Church Without Walls,” members congregate on the corner of Wall St. and Winston St. in the middle of DTLA’s Skid Row every Friday night. Though church members …

Finding Love in the Heart of Skid Row

By Ariel Blandford, video intern with CRCC As the sun set over the Los Angeles downtown skyline, it illuminated cotton candy clouds and painted the row buildings in pastels, creating a watercolor …

Los Angeles’ Homelessness Emergency Is a Crisis of Values

This post also appeared on Equal Voice News and Huffington Post. A state of emergency signals that a catastrophe, social or natural, has challenged or upended civic order. Under states of emergency, …

The Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016

From the rise of evangelical hipsters to the rise of religious “nones,” religion is in a period of flux as we end one year and look forward to the next. Here at …

Charting the Future of Religion

This post originally appeared in Caring Magazine. At the start of a typical evening at Monday Night Mission, volunteers wiped down tables on a terrace outside a Burger King near Our Lady …

Could Pope Francis Change Hearts and Minds on Immigration on a Global Scale?

This article originally appeared on Washington Post’s Acts of Faith blog. A few months into his papacy, Pope Francis took his first trip out of Rome to Lampedusa, the Italian island through …

Building the Future of Religion, One Burrito at a Time: Service Groups and Religious “Nones”

On a recent Thursday night, a group of about 75 volunteers for the Burrito Project commandeered the kitchen and fellowship hall at the Church of the Epiphany to make 1,000 burritos to …

The “Nones” Are Alright

This article originally appeared on Al Jazeera America. This article argues that far from becoming morally rudderless secular citizens, many religiously unaffiliated people are seeking ways of forming meaning and identity as …

A Pragmatist’s View of Religion

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 …

Hampers of hope in Harbor City

This post originally appeared on Al Jazeera America. HARBOR CITY, Calif. — From the Pacific Coast Highway exit off the freeway in Harbor City, it is impossible to miss the towering exhaust stacks …