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Center for Religion & Civic Culture

Publications

The Religious Literacy Primer for Crises, Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Mar 5, 2014

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A companion to the Field Guide for Religious Competency, the Religious Literacy Primer is a quick-reference document which provides information on basic religious literacy for 23 of the largest religious communities in the United States. It is geared toward enabling...

Working with U.S. Faith Communities During Crises, Disasters and Public Health Emergencies: A Field Guide for Engagement, Partnerships and Religious Competency

Mar 5, 2014

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This is a detailed guide for engaging and building sustainable and competent partnerships with faith communities throughout the entire disaster lifecycle. The current American religious landscape is more complex and diverse than it has ever been in the past. The...

Moved by the Spirit: Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in the Global South

Jul 26, 2013

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Nick Street reports on new trends in Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. The report includes information on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative and photographs by Nick Street and Donald Miller. Download "Moved by the Spirit: Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in...

Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism

Jul 15, 2013

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Donald E. Miller, Kimon Sargeant, and Richard Flory, editors From the publisher's description: Pentecostalism is the fastest growing religious movement in the world, currently estimated to have at least 500 million adherents. In the movement's early years, most Pentecostal converts...

Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project

Jun 28, 2013

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Brie Loskota participated on an Aspen Institute panel on religious pluralism in the United States. The distinguished panelists contributed to a publication that "discusses proven strategies for managing America’s religious diversity in a way that promotes informed respect and social...

From Federal to Local

Apr 20, 2013

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Hebah Farrag explores efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership to strengthen the ability of local government to engage with nonprofit and faith communities in disaster preparation and response. The Los Angeles case...

Faithful Action Working with Religious Groups in Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery

Oct 29, 2012

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Hebah Farrag, Brie Loskota, Richard Flory This report details the need for increased involvement of the faith community, a discussion of barriers that both public agencies and faith groups face as they attempt to work together, and the benefits of...

The Latino Church: The Religious Scene in Latino Los Angeles 2012

Aug 15, 2012

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Juan Martinez describes the religious impact of the Latino population and examines the connection between politics and religion, what Latino churches are like, the relations among the major Christian groups and how Latinos might contribute to the future of...

Opening the Gates: L.A. Congregations Confronting Gang Violence

Apr 27, 2012

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Richard Flory, Donald E. Miller, Brie Loskota, and Timothy Sato (with Hebah Farrag and Nick Street) discuss the role of faith organizations in addressing gang violence. "Opening the Gates: L.A. Congregations Confronting Gang Violence" describes research and programming that was...

Putting Faith First: Traditions and Innovations in Organizing within Religious Communities

Apr 27, 2012

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The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity have released a new report on faith and community organizing. This report provides a brief overview of several organizing groups that are grappling...

Enhancing Impact in the Public Square: Building Capacity and Developing Leadership among American Muslims and Their Organizations

Aug 13, 2011

Brie Loskota and Nadia Roumani examine the role of Muslim faith-based organizations in the public square.

The Black Church Next: Challenges and Opportunities Facing African American Congregations in 21st Century Los Angeles

Jun 29, 2011

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Report by by Daniel E. Walker While the historic role of the Black Church is clear, the early 21st century represents a period of transition and transformation. After fighting a number of internal wars over cultural and aesthetic issues like...

Passing the Mantle: A New Generation of Leaders in the Black Church

Jun 1, 2011

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Report by Nick Street, Senior Writer In many urban neighborhoods where African American churches have deep roots, obdurate problems such as homelessness, drug addiction, gang violence and educational underachievement have only grown more acute since the economic downturn that began...

Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalities, Contentions, and Complexities

Apr 15, 2011

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Jews and Muslims make up less than 3% of the total population of the United States. Yet, despite their relatively small numbers, the members of these two minority groups often find themselves the focus of a disproportionate amount of media attention, particularly when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Forging a New Moral and Political Agenda: The Civic Role of Religion in Los Angeles, 1992-2010

Mar 1, 2011

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Report by by Richard Flory, Brie Loskota, and Donald E. Miller In the nearly 20 years since the 1992 civil unrest, the Los Angeles faith community has significantly expanded its role in the public sphere. The social response to the...

Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement

Dec 8, 2010

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How and why is Christianity's center of gravity shifting to the developing world? To understand this rapidly growing phenomenon, USC Firestone Professor of Religion and CRCC Executive Director Donald E. Miller and CRCC Senior Fellow Tetsunao Yamamori spent four years traveling the globe conducting extensive on-the-ground research in twenty different countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

The Civic Life of American Religion

Dec 8, 2010

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Religious groups constitute a large part of America's voluntary sector, yet relatively few works have investigated them broadly. This collection of essays investigates the public roles of religious congregations and associations. With contributions by premier social scientists, the work gets to the bottom of how effective—or ineffective—religious groups are in offering social services, fostering community life, and creating discussion of social issues such as homosexuality and welfare reform.

Beyond Violence: Religious Sources for Social Transformation in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Dec 8, 2010

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In an age of terrorism and other forms of violence committed in the name of religion, how can religion become a vehicle for peace, justice, and reconciliation? And in a world of bitter conflicts-many rooted in religious difference-how can communities of faith understand one another?

Returning to Rwanda

Dec 7, 2010

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Firestone Professor of Religion and CRCC Executive Director Donald E. Miller shares experiences and portraits of his work interviewing survivors of genocides in Turkey and Rwanda.

Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Dec 7, 2010

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Will young people have a faith to guide them? How can faith traditions anchor religious attachments in this secular, skeptical culture? Filled with real-world wisdom, Passing the Faith will be an essential resource for anyone seeking to understand what religions must, and can, do to inspire a vigorous faith in the next generation.

International Mission Photography Archive Overview

Oct 19, 2010

The International Mission Photography Archive is a leading resource for mission scholars, cultural historians, and others who are interested in pictures that document social change in non-Western cultures. Led by Jon Miller in partnership with the USC Digital Library and...

Growing Up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens

Apr 28, 2010

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Growing Up in America provides a rich, first-hand account of the different social worlds that teens of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds experience.

Engendering Forced Migration

Oct 22, 2009

Hebah Farrag discusses the experiences of male survivors and non-combatants in conflict areas such as refugee camps, war zones, and prisons and the need for greater scholarly understanding of these experiences.

Religion in the City (Fall 2009)

Sep 21, 2009

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Redeeming, Ruling, and Reaping

Jun 10, 2009

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Jon Miller and Gregory Stanczak argue that the campaigns by British missionaries to abolish the opium trade at the end of the 19th century masked the preceding half-century of accommodations and compromises with the opium traffic.

Faith, Health, and Policy: Public Health Reentry in San Diego

Apr 25, 2009

Richard Flory documents the Regional Congregations and Neighborhood Organizations (RCNO) Training Center's public health reentry program in San Diego. The RCNO effort addresses the needs of the county’s rapidly growing population of formerly incarcerated persons.

Religion in the City (Spring 2009)

Mar 21, 2009

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Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation

Nov 22, 2008

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Richard Flory and Donald E. Miller examine the "expressive communalism" and the spiritual orientation of Christians under the age of 40.

Religion in the City (Fall 2008)

Sep 21, 2008

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Religion in the City (Spring 2008)

Mar 21, 2008

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Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement

Nov 22, 2007

Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori explore the rapid growth of Pentecostal social ministries in twenty countries.

Religion in the City (Fall 2007)

Sep 21, 2007

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Religion in the City (Spring 2007)

Mar 21, 2007

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Congregations that Get It

Oct 22, 2006

Tobin Belzer, Richard Flory, Nadia Roumani, and Brie Loskota examine the common traits among Jewish, Christian, and Muslim congregations that are successful in their efforts to incorporate adults in their 20s and 30s.

Religion in the City (Fall 2006)

Sep 21, 2006

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Spiritually Engaged Development: Faith and Community Transforming Tanzania

Jun 28, 2006

Greg Stanczak, Donald Miller, and Grace Dyrness examine World Vision International's work in Tanzania. The report focuses on the ways in which spirituality functions as a creative and motivating force for global development work.

Religion in the City (Spring 2006)

Mar 21, 2006

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Innovative Programs Servicing Homeless and Street-Living Children Around the World

Jun 19, 2005

Authors Kristin M. Ferguson, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Grace R. Dyrness, Donald E. Miller, Neela Dabir, and Karl Dortzbach, explore how faith-based organizations use faith and religion to intervene in the lives of street living youth.

Charitable Choice: A Primer for Faith-Based Organizations

Jun 18, 2005

John B. Orr offers a short introduction to Charitable Choice.

Religion and Civic Culture (Spring 2005)

Mar 21, 2005

The newsletter features CRCC's Community Research and Development unit.

Church State Guidelines: When Faith-Based Human Service Programs Are Funded by California Taxpayers

Feb 28, 2005

John B. Orr provides an overview of church-state guidelines for state-funded programs.

Religion and Civic Culture (Fall 2004)

Sep 21, 2004

Includes an article about the work of faith-based non-government organizations.

Engaged Spirituality: Spirituality and Social Transformation in Mainstream American Religious Traditions

Sep 21, 2004

This report by Gregory C. Stanczak and Donald E. Miller summarizes findings from a research project funded by the Governance and Civil Society unit of the Ford Foundation.

Civic Participation and the Promise of Democracy

Apr 17, 2004

Craig McGarvey explores civic engagement strategies (faith-based and community organizing, popular education, collective learning) and provides an overview of these strategies in California.

Orphans of the Rwanda Genocide

Apr 7, 2004

This photo essay by Donald Miller, Lorna Touryan Miller, and Jerry Berndt (photographer) contains interviews by members of an association of orphan heads of households.

Toolkit for Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homelessness

Apr 1, 2004

USC faculty members present papers related to problems of homelessness in Los Angeles.

Faith-Based Adoptive/Foster Services: Faith Communities' Roles in Child Welfare

Mar 17, 2004

Written by John Orr and Grace Roberts Dyrness, this publication offers a global scan of the historical involvement of faith communities in child welfare services. It describes recent trends and leadership programs, and concludes with recommendations.

The Changing Face of Faith-Based Childcare in Los Angeles County

Feb 1, 2004

John B. Orr and Robert Fillback offer a comprehensive view of trends in faith-based childcare in Los Angeles County and focus on recent trends and leadership programs.

Crisis in the Streets: Homeless Women and Children in Los Angeles

Dec 17, 2003

Written by Grace Roberts Dyrness, Mia Thompson, and Peter Spoto, this publication contains data related to homeless families in Los Angeles. It details services that are being offered to this population, then offers recommendations to social service organizations. Executive summary (PDF)

Religion and Civic Culture (Winter 2003)

Nov 21, 2003

Includes article about the visual representation of religion.

Engaged Spirituality 2002: Spirituality and Social Transformation in Mainstream American Religious Traditions

Sep 21, 2002

This report by Gregory C. Stanczak and Donald E. Miller is the result of a one year study on the ways in which individual spirituality may be understood in relation to social transformation. A detailed report supplement (PDF) is also available.

Religion in the City (Summer 2002)

Jun 21, 2002

Includes an article about the Center of Excellence initiative, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Religion in the City (Spring 2002)

Mar 21, 2002

Includes an article about the role of California's community foundations in funding regional faith-based community development projects.

Faith Works: Religious Communities Building Neighborhoods

Jan 17, 2002

Written by Grace Roberts Dyrness and Andrea Dyrness. This publication profiles the capacity-building activities of San Francisco's FAITHS Initiative and the Faith Initiative of South Santa Barbara County.

Religion in the City (Summer 2001)

Jun 21, 2001

Includes an article about faith-based human service programs and the federal Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Policy on the Streets: A Handbook for Sidewalk Vending Programs

Jun 17, 2001

The handbook, written by Grace Roberts Dyrness, offers guidelines for creating legalized sidewalk vending districts. Dyrness also explores street vending in light of the informal sector and the global economy.

Latino Ministry in Southern California: A Preliminary Report on Latino Churches

Apr 21, 2001

Arlene Sánchez-Walsh provides an overview of important issues facing Latino Protestant churches in Southern California.

Religion and Welfare Reform in Southern California: Is Charitable Choice Succeeding?

Apr 18, 2001

CRCC's report card on the implementation of Charitable Choice in three California counties by John B. Orr with Peter Spoto and Carolyn Mounts.

Promising Public Practices: Implementing Charitable Choice in California

Apr 17, 2001

John B. Orr and Peter Spoto focus on practices that are working to include faith-based organizations in county and state efforts to serve the poor.

Religion-Based Discrimination in Charitable Choice: A Guide for the Perplexed

Apr 16, 2001

John Orr offers a primer concerning the use of religious criteria by faith-based organizations in public contracts that are affected by Charitable Choice.

Religion in the City (Spring 2001)

Feb 21, 2001

Includes an article about the role of hometown associations in creating transnational identities within immigrant communities.

Immigrant Religion in the City of Angels

Jan 21, 2001

Donald E. Miller, Jon Miller, and Grace Roberts Dyrness report on two years of research on immigrant religious congregations.

Increasing Your Congregation's Capacity to Offer Publicly-Funded Human Service Programs

Jan 15, 2001

This brief introduction by John B. Orr discusses strategies for building capacity.

Power, Justice, Faith: Conversations with the IAF

Jul 17, 2000

Donald E. Miller, Roger Gustafson, Timothy Sato offer selections from interviews with leaders from the Industrial Area Foundation in California.

Religion and Health Services in Los Angeles: Reconfiguring the Terrain

Apr 17, 2000

A profile of religion's engagement in health services within Los Angeles County John B. Orr and Sherry May.

Religion in the City (Spring 2000)

Mar 21, 2000

Includes an article about the faith community's response to at-risk youth. spring2005

Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches: Organizing Congregations to Create Change

Sep 17, 1999

Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches: Organizing Congregations to Create Change

Christians Supporting Community Organizing: A New Voice for Change Among Evangelical, Holiness, and Pentecostal Christians (September

Sep 11, 1999

Timothy Sato and Donald E. Miller report on the activities of Christians Supporting Community Organizing.

Politics of the Spirit: Religion and Multiethnicity in Los Angeles

Jun 1, 1994

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Co-authorsJohn B. Orr (USC), Donald E. Miller (USC), Wade Clark Roof (UCSB), and J. Gordon Melton (Institute for the Study of American Religion) traced the faith community's response to the 1992 civil unrest. The report provides a snapshot of a...