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Cecil Murray Center launches new Financial Fitness Workshops with CIT/OneWest Bank

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement announced the creation of a new initiative to bring Financial Fitness Workshops to churches throughout Los Angeles with the support of CIT/OneWest Bank. CIT Bank and …

Words of the Week – Empowering Poor People

The post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. The church has a dark hidden secret. It has been a secret for decades. The secret is churches have a number of the …

Religion Dispatches: “Integrated into a Burning House?”: A Pre-Inauguration Conversation with Rev. Cecil Murray

In response to America’s changing social and political climate, Religion Dispatches interviewed Rev. Cecil Murray to discuss how the Black Church’s past can influence its future role under a Trump Presidency. Rev. Murray …

Financial Fitness Resources

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement is hosting Financial Fitness workshops at churches throughout the Los Angeles area, in partnership with CIT/OneWest Bank. The following resources are discussed in the …

OC Register: Rev. Mark Whitlock on Most Influential List

The Orange County Register named the Rev. Mark Whitlock as one of their 2016 game changers. He was chosen for spearheading the Orange County Solidarity March with community members and law enforcement, …

KPCC Take Two: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Atonement

A StoryCorps confession from an 94-year-old white man about steeling $2 from his African American maid has led to a wider conversation about race, guilt, forgiveness and atonement. KPCC’s Take Two asked …

L.A. Sentinel: Faith Leaders Urge Thankfulness

The Los Angeles Sentinel asked Southern California faith leaders to share what they’re thankful for during a year that has been particularly hard on communities of color. The article quoted both the …

Trump Will Always Be With Us – Rev. Cecil Murray on the Election

As soon as I entered my office on Wednesday morning, people started calling me. The callers are in shock, amazement, at what happened in the presidential race. I listen, and then I …

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 …

Being Prophetic from the Pulpit in a Strained Political Season

This post was also published by the Los Angeles Sentinel.  I was not quite ready for the personal challenge posed by “The Birth of a Nation,” the new film by Nate Parker. …

A Young Faith Leader Responding to the Needs of His Community

When Charles Dorsey came to the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, he was young and had a lot of ideas but was unsure how to implement them. In this video, …

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 …

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 …

OC Register: Police and Community Will March Together in August

UPDATE: OC Register columnist David Whiting wrote about the OC Solidarity March led by Pastor Mark Whitlock and Murray Center alum Charles Dorsey. Over the years, I’ve witnessed dozens of marches – some for peace, …

L.A. Focus News Profiles Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard

L.A. Focus News interviewed Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, for its “pastor profile.” Smith-Pollard shared the story of how she found her calling …

OC Register & Jewish Journal: Voices for Peace After Shootings

With tensions high after police shootings and the shootings of officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the leaders of the the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement continue to be voices of …

What’s a Preacher to Say in the Wake of Tragedy?

If you were anywhere near a radio, TV to catch the news this past week, you know that July 5-8 was a difficult and emotionally charged week. We saw footage of not …

After Charleston: Race and Religion in America

The racially motivated shooting at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015 was a wake-up call for Christians across the United States that racism still affects the church. This …

Racial Healing Effort Commemorates the Charleston Shooting

In the days following the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, the Civilitas Group pledged to build bridges between the white Evangelical and African-­American faith communities to bring racial unity in the Church. …