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Ayahuasca-naut: A Zen Student’s Experiment with Shamanic Medicine

This piece originally appeared in Boom California. A hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca is having a heyday in the United States. Rolling Stone, Fusion, VICE and other trend-spotting news outlets have posted stories about spiritual adventurers tripping …

OC Register: Orange County Church Finds Higher Purpose with Affordable Housing

The Wesley Village affordable housing project in Garden Grove was recently opened on Garden Grove United Methodist Church’s land. The concept of using church land to host affordable housing has been used …

Long Beach: Interactive Map of Religious Congregations

Faith in East Los Angeles, the Vatican of Boxing

This post originally appeared on Huffington Post. Leo Santa Cruz is the undefeated, undisputed champion of America’s best boxing city, Los Angeles. He won that title after defeating Abner Mares, a fellow …

Long Beach Press-Telegram: New Churches in an Urban Community

“Known culturally for its hipsters, bars, food trucks and gay community, Long Beach could also become known as a revival town for churches,” Josh Dulaney writes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram. His …

Mapping the New Landscape of Religion in Los Feliz

This article originally appeared in BOOM: A Journal of California. Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church was in trouble. Its congregation had become too small to sustain the decaying Los Feliz building that had …

Downtown Los Angeles and Wilshire Corridor: Interactive Map of Religious Congregations

San Fernando Valley: Interactive Map of Religious Congregations

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Los Feliz: Interactive Map of Religious Congregations

Database: Religious Groups in Southern California

In 2013, CRCC obtained a database of religious congregations in the five-county region that makes up Southern California. We have worked extensively with the database to make it more easily useable for …

American Christianity Is Changing Fast: Five Stories to Watch in 2016

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. While LGBT evangelicals cheered on the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, evangelical institutions lobbied for the passage of “religious freedom” laws that would allow them …

The Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016

From the rise of evangelical hipsters to the rise of religious “nones,” religion is in a period of flux as we end one year and look forward to the next. Here at …

Mapping Religious Institutions in Los Angeles

As a part of CRCC’s research on Religious Competition and Creative Innovation, 10 University of Southern California students traveled around the Los Angeles area this past summer to map religious institutions. They …

#ReligionInSeoul: CRCC studies Religion in Korea

As a part of CRCC’s research on religious competition and creative innovation, the CRCC team traveled to Korea to see how religion is changing there. Seoul provides a comparison case for Los …

What Real Estate Battles Say about Church

This post also appeared on Huffington Post Religion. What makes a church, a church? Is it the buildings? The programs? The members? These questions come to mind with recent real estate transactions …

Katy Perry’s Not the Only One Who Wants to Live in a Convent

This post originally appeared on Zocalo Public Square. TIME.com also published the piece. I moved into a convent 10 years ago this summer. My roommates were not Catholic sisters, but other recent …

With Religious Affiliation on the Decline, What Should Happen to Hallowed Buildings?

This post originally appeared on Washington Post’s Acts of Faith blog. Katy Perry wants to live in a convent. No, she is not among the young women who want to become a …

Made in Los Angeles – How One Church Changed With Its Community

At her old church, church leaders looked “at me like a sinner for plucking my eyebrows!” remembered Sonia. The church’s gender-specific regulations, imported from the congregation’s mother church in El Salvador, also …

Storefront Churches

Storefront Churches Storefront Churches line the streets of Los Angeles, typically bringing Pentecostal faith to the community in buildings once occupied by small businesses. USC Sol Price School of Public Policy Professor …

What Lies Beneath USA’s Dig Is More Than Entertainment

There is an unholy secret hiding in Jerusalem. So says the website and promotional material for the USA Network Show: Dig. It airs this spring as a 10-part series that promises a …