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September 16, 2001: Rev. Murray’s post-9/11 Sermon

In a sermon titled “Above the Madness,” Rev. Cecil Murray of First AME Church (FAME) in Los Angeles admonished his congregation not to partake of the toxic stew of hatred and rage …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Catholic Sisters: Champions of Sustainable Development

Catholic sisters’ work with vulnerable people is inspired by their faith, and it also aligns with international community’s approach to development. This video illustrates the unique role sisters play in promoting sustainable …

If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro

If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro By Andrew Johnson (Oxford University Press, 2017) The writing of this book was supported by the Pentecostal Charismatic Research Initiative.   …

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 …

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 …

Catholic Sisters Create a Model of Economic Empowerment in Zambia

In Chipapa, Zambia, Catholic sisters have created a model of sustainable development that allows the sisters to support themselves while helping the wider community. Sister Catherine Oguonu provides a tour of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

May 3, 1992: Rev. Cecil Murray Preaches as the Fires of the L.A. Riots Burn

Over six days in late April and early May 1992, hundreds of fires burned in the heart of Los Angeles. The acquittal of police officers charged with using excessive force against Rodney …

Laundry Love California: A Story Map

The Other Muslim Fringe: Muslim Activism in Europe

CRCC’s Nick Street had a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting to explore young Muslims in Europe working to create a space for themselves. Watch this video to hear about what …

A Religious Test No One Can Pass

We are seeing a rise of government policy predicated on religious illiteracy and religious bigotry. Executive orders are being formed to target Muslims, and border procedures assessing acceptable and unacceptable religious belief …

PCPJ: Why Pentecostals Are Progressive

An overwhelming majority of indigenous churches with active social programs in the developing world are Pentecostal or Charismatic, sociologists Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori found in their book Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of …

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 …

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 …