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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 …

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 …

Christianity Today: The ‘Prophets’ and ‘Apostles’ Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion

A Christian movement has become one of the fastest-growing faith groups in the country recently, attracting millions of followers with promises of direct access to God. Christianity Today interviewed CRCC Senior Director …

Sunday Assembly: Atheists Find Community at Godless Church

Sunday Assembly Los Angeles is part of a global network of “godless” communities that started in the United Kingdom in 2013. Defying the notion that the growing ranks of religiously disaffiliated people …

Founders MCC: A Radically Inclusive Christian Community

Founders Metropolitan Community Church (MCCLA) is colloquially known as the Gay Church. Part of our series on religious creativity, this video captures how the church’s ethos of radical inclusion has changed lives …

Beautiful Gate: Envisioning Christian Faith in Los Angeles

Beautiful Gate defines itself as a movement, not a church or community. Located in Los Feliz and founded by missionaries Samuel and Priya Theophylus, Beautiful Gate is an example how some Christian …

A Declaration of Interdependence

A nation of nations, our actions in these troubled times must be guided by a notion of notions—let us call it “A Declaration of Interdependence.” We were founded to be a beacon …

Long Beach: Interactive Map of Religious Congregations

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: …

A Post-Election Prayer for Love, Families and Unity

The Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, was part of a prayer service for hope and unity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of …

A Faith Leader Serves His Local Community at Church and on the City Council

Jawane Hilton is not only a pastor; he also serves on his city council. After participating in the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s programs for faith leaders, Hilton deepened his …

Charting the Future of Religion in Los Angeles and Beyond – The Story of USC CRCC

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture is a research and training center that explores how religions change and make change in Southern California and the world. This video tells the …

CRCC Honored at White House for Helping L.A. Become Stronger and Better Prepared for Disasters

By Rebecca Cheng Brie Loskota, executive director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, was honored at the White House last week for her work bridging faith organizations and government …

Reimagining Religion Conference Program and Livestream – Feb. 9, 2017

Scroll below to watch the livestream (times of panels noted on conference schedule) February 9, 2017 University of Southern California Preview: Increasingly, Americans are choosing not to identify with a particular religious …

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 …

L.A. Times: It’s 2016 and the Civil Rights Era Hasn’t Ended

This post originally appeared on the Sunday OpEd page of the L.A. Times. I participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s. I was pastor of my second church, in Kansas City, Kansas, in …

Faith in East Los Angeles, the Vatican of Boxing

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post. Leo Santa Cruz is the undefeated, undisputed champion of America’s best boxing city, Los Angeles. He won that title after defeating Abner Mares, a fellow …

Long Beach Press-Telegram: New Churches in an Urban Community

“Known culturally for its hipsters, bars, food trucks and gay community, Long Beach could also become known as a revival town for churches,” Josh Dulaney writes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram. His …