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Bedrosian Book Club Podcast: Tears We Cannot Stop

The latest episode of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast addresses the history of racism in America and how Michael Eric Dyson addresses these problems in his newest book, Tears We Cannot Stop. …

ThinkProgress: Multiracial Churches Gaining Prominence

In the era of Trump’s presidency, multi-racial churches are growing in prominence. Their organizing is a response to and departure from the racism embedded in predominantly white evangelical Christianity, ThinkProgress reported an article that features …

What’s an Evangelical These Days? Trump’s Advisors Point to Divisions

Is Donald Trump the friend or foe of evangelicals? Some argue that “real” evangelicals aren’t supporting Trump, while others attempt to explain why evangelicalism is susceptible to candidates like Trump. By meeting with more than 900 …

Mile of Miracles: A Microcosm of L.A.’s Religious Diversity

(Photo by Candice Montgomery from Flickr Commons.) The processes of spiritual seeking, discovering and creating are constantly shaping and reshaping the religious landscape of Los Angeles. Far from being a godless metropolis, …

It’s Already 2040 at a Seminary Near You

According to U.S. Census projections, sometime during the 2040s America’s white population will no longer be the majority, but only the largest of several sizeable ethnic-racial groups in the country. The Association …

Latino Ministry in Southern California: A Preliminary Report on Latino Churches

Arlene Sánchez-Walsh provides an overview of important issues facing Latino Protestant churches in Southern California.   Download a PDF of the report

The Latino Church Next

The Religious Scene in Latino Los Angeles 2012 To be a Latino Christian is fundamentally to believe that the God who continues to interact with humanity will continue to do so in …

Demographic Change: Casualties or Opportunities?

This post originally appeared on Patheos’ Black, White and Gray blog. At the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, we’ve been talking a lot lately about how different communities in the …

Prof. Flory Goes to Chapel

I attended chapel today at Biola University (where I once worked), which increased the number of times I have attended a Biola chapel from zero to one. But, if chapels had been …

Black History Month: Looking Foward, Looking Back

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. At the beginning of Black History month we were greeted with tragic news: Don Cornelius, the founder …

The Evangelical 99 Percent

This post originally appeared on Trans-Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. Last week I spent a day at the annual Evangelical Theological Society meetings in San Francisco. My entree …

The Black Church Next: Challenges and Opportunities Facing African American Congregations in 21st Century Los Angeles

For generations the church was the stalwart institution in the African American community. From providing assistance to new urban migrants to serving as the social conscience of a nation, the church was …

Growing up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens

Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens Richard Flory with Brad Christerson and Korie Edwards (Stanford University Press: 2010)           People’s experiences …

So Much for the Secularization Thesis

Or maybe we could develop an alternative explanation and call it the “Spiritualization Thesis.” Americans are, apparently, as interested in religious and spiritual activities as ever, including prayer and seeking out various forms of spiritual guidance and direction.