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Online Giving Works – Church Finance Series

This post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel.  Online giving is one of the fastest-growing methods of giving to churches. Online giving is a way of donating money via the internet …

Make 4th of July into a Day of Interdependence

On this Day of Independence, we must note that our independence—from tyranny and oppression—always comes at a price. Freedom is not cheap! But this does not mean that we must spend more …

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 …

Media Coverage of L.A. Civil Unrest Anniversary

Having grown out of the 1992 Los Angeles civil Unrest, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement commemorated the 25th anniversary with multiple opportunities …

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 …

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, …