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Faith Community Responds to Racism and Violence in Charlottesville

After white supremacists’ protests in Charlottesville left one dead, many injured and the country grappling with its still prevalent racism, faith leaders have been working to respond with words and action. Rev. Mark …

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 …

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 …

How to solve the difficult problem of adding ‘Muslim’ to ‘American’

This post originally appeared on the Los Angeles Times. In mid-September, my 6-year-old daughter ran into our living room and literally started jumping for joy. “Baba, it’s a miracle!” she told her father with …

Why Are Muslim Americans Feeling the Bern? (Updated)

Editor’s Note: Rhonda updated this post to reflect the broader trends of the election. A coalition of Muslim, Black and Latino activists recently shut down a rally for presidential contender Donald Trump …

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, …

Happy Chrismukkah: On the Complexity of Jewish Identity

(Image from Adam Baron on Flickr Commons) Back in March, I traveled to a two-day conference called “Rethinking Jewish Identity and Education” at the Mandel Center at Brandeis University. On the flight …

Creative Expressions of Jewishness

This month, the Yiddish Book Center will launch a new program called Tent: Encounters With Jewish Culture, which is based on the belief that “modern culture can inspire us to think imaginatively …

Giving and Taking – Researching Sacred Native American Sites

 It needs a particular courage not to overcome the past but to live with it still.  -Geoffrey Hartman  Over the Thanksgiving table  last week, a family member told a story about a …

Searching for Islam’s New Narratives in our Own Back Yard

In the past few weeks, two familiar voices have reemerged to explain the violence and rage that erupted in Libya, Egypt, and across the Muslim world earlier this month. Ayaan Hirsi Ali …

Jewish Identity and the High Holidays

My dual roles as a Jewish sociologist and a sociologist of American Jewry come to the forefront during the Jewish High Holidays. Each year, as I take part in the holidays, I …

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 …

Building Community: The Ethiopians of Los Angeles

Ara Oshagan’s multimedia project explores “Building Community: The Ethiopians of Los Angeles” with still photographs and interviews with members of the Ethiopian community.