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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. …

Christianity Today: The ‘Prophets’ and ‘Apostles’ Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion

A Christian movement has become one of the fastest-growing faith groups in the country recently, attracting millions of followers with promises of direct access to God. Christianity Today interviewed CRCC Senior Director …

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.   …

Embodied Religion: Reassessing the Role of the “Senses” in Religious Research

We often make the mistake of identifying religious vitality with assent to particular beliefs. In this process, we forget that intellectual assent to beliefs is merely one element of religious experience. I …

Nefesh: A Soulful Experiment in Jewish Revival

Nefesh has breathed new life into Jewish communal devotional practice at one of the most storied synagogues in Los Angeles. Watch here: Like many religions, Judaism faces a decline in participation in …

Reimagining Religion: The 10 Qualities of Creative Communities

The following was edited from Brie Loskota’s opening remarks at Reimagining Religion: A Conversation about the Future of Religion, held at University of Southern California on February 9, 2017. We are in …

The Kingdom of God and American Exceptionalism

Does America have a special God-given role in the world? In meetings with both evangelical and religiously unaffiliated young adults in Los Angeles, I have seen a shift in the understanding of …

Against the Stream: Taking Refuge in an American Sangha

Against the Stream (ATS) is a Buddhist Meditation Center that seeks to introduce Buddhist teachings and practices rooted in traditional Buddhist lineages of South and Southeast Asia with a distinctly American anti-establishment …

An “Everybody Friendly, Artist-Driven, God-Optional” Jewish New Year

Most of my memories of Jewish worship services are an amalgamation of the hundreds of services I’ve attended throughout my life. But there are a few that stand out. At a Shabbat …

Reimagining Religion Conference Program and Livestream – Feb. 9, 2017

Scroll below to watch the livestream (times of panels noted on conference schedule) February 9, 2017 University of Southern California Preview: Increasingly, Americans are choosing not to identify with a particular religious …

KPCC Take Two: Raising Children in a Time of Religious Change

KPCC’s Take Two took on the question of how parents can introduce their kids to religion and spirituality. CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota offered her expertise in both religion and parenting for …

Dobson’s Baby: Trump’s Baptism at the Evangelical-Washing Font

This post originally appeared in Religion Dispatches. Donald Trump is now a “baby Christian“? Now that Trump has become the presumptive GOP nominee—the old guard has stepped forward to engage in an ancient …

A Time for Moral Reflection – The Silver Lining After the Orlando Shooting

In the horror of the Orlando massacre, there may be a silver lining. This event, as well as the killings at Emanuel Church in Charleston one year ago and other national atrocities, …

KPCC Take Two: Brie Loskota on Making Sense of Tragedy

With vigils being held throughout the country after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, KPCC asked Brie Loskota to address the urge to come together after national tragedies. Here are a …

Change Is Happening in the Catholic Church, Just Not on Holy Thursday

This post originally appeared on On Being with Krista Tippett. Even when I feel disconnected from my faith, Holy Thursday draws me to church. The call to follow Jesus’ example and wash …

It’s Time to Invent Rituals for Retirement

This post originally appeared on Next Avenue and Forbes. Every day, as you may have heard, 10,000 people in the United States turn 65. The financial industry advertises to this retirement cohort …

A Religion Dispatches Roundtable Discussion on Religious “Nones”

Religion Dispatches’ Peter Laarman led a roundtable conversation on religious “nones” with Kaya Oakes, The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers and Those in Between, Sikivu Hutchinson, atheist scholar and author, …

What the Fight over Allah Says About the Future of Evangelical Christianity

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. When Professor Larycia Hawkins of Wheaton College publicly announced her solidarity with Muslims by wearing a hijab through the holiday season—and stated that Christians and …

Celebrating Christmas in an Age of Religious Extremism

This article was originally published on The Conversation. From the recent attack on Planned Parenthood to the shooting in San Bernardino, extremists of all stripes are revealing the ugly side of religion. …

Is the Pope’s Concern for Immigration Just a “Numbers Game”?

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Pope Francis may differ greatly in tone from Pope Benedict, but on many social issues Francis can expect the same pushback his predecessor received in …