The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement equips faith leaders to transform low-income neighborhoods in Southern California.
Its programs address two areas essential to the health of underserved communities:
Clergy and lay leaders of churches and faith-based organizations gain the knowledge and skills necessary to make and change public policy and hold government accountable. Currently, the program consists of four full-day workshops covering: Recidivism and Prop 47; School to Prison Pipeline; Gentrification; and New Models of Civic Engagement.
Through one-off workshops, clergy and lay leaders of churches and faith-based organizations increase their capacity in fund raising, community development, technology and social media, civic engagement and leadership in order to create healthy neighborhoods.
Faith leaders—including clergy, staff and lay leaders of churches and non-profit organizations—find out how to better manage, use and raise funds, so that they can share their knowledge and benefit their communities.
The Murray Center partners with churches in Southern California to present personal and small business finance workshops to members of their congregations and the surrounding communities. All workshops are open to the public.