Jul 10, 2014
The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, in partnership with the Interreligious Council of Southern California (IRC), is pleased to announce the selection of a talented and diverse group of faith leaders for Future50—a project that seeks to discover,...
May 20, 2014
In a plenary address at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, CRCC's executive director Don Miller explored three primary questions: What is Pentecostalism, why is it growing and what is its impact? In particular, Miller critiqued...
May 20, 2014
Don Miller, CRCC's executive director, delivered a paper titled "Where the Spirit Leads: Pentecostalism and Freedom" in Rome at a conference co-sponsored by the Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University's Berkeley Center for Religion and the Institute for Studies of...
Mar 5, 2014
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
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...
Jul 26, 2013
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...
Jul 15, 2013
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...
Jun 28, 2013
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...
Apr 20, 2013
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 nonproï¬t and faith communities in disaster preparation and response. The Los Angeles case...
Oct 29, 2012
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...
Aug 15, 2012
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...
Apr 27, 2012
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...
Apr 27, 2012
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
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...
Jun 1, 2011
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...
Apr 15, 2011
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.
Mar 1, 2011
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...
Dec 8, 2010
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.
Dec 8, 2010
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.
Dec 8, 2010
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?
Dec 7, 2010
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
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.
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...
Apr 28, 2010
Growing Up in America provides a rich, first-hand account of the different social worlds that teens of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds experience.
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.
Sep 21, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
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.
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.
Mar 21, 2009
Nov 22, 2008
Richard Flory and Donald E. Miller examine the "expressive communalism" and the spiritual orientation of Christians under the age of 40.
Sep 21, 2008
Mar 21, 2008
Nov 22, 2007
Donald E. Miller and Tetsunao Yamamori explore the rapid growth of Pentecostal social ministries in twenty countries.
Sep 21, 2007
Mar 21, 2007
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.
Sep 21, 2006
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.
Mar 21, 2006
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.
Jun 18, 2005
John B. Orr offers a short introduction to Charitable Choice.
Mar 21, 2005
The newsletter features CRCC's Community Research and Development unit.
Feb 28, 2005
John B. Orr provides an overview of church-state guidelines for state-funded programs.
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.
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.
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.
Apr 1, 2004
USC faculty members present papers related to problems of homelessness in Los Angeles.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Jun 21, 2002
Includes an article about the Center of Excellence initiative, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Mar 21, 2002
Includes an article about the role of California's community foundations in funding regional faith-based community development projects.
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.
Jun 21, 2001
Includes an article about faith-based human service programs and the federal Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
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.
Apr 21, 2001
Arlene Sánchez-Walsh provides an overview of important issues facing Latino Protestant churches in Southern California.
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.
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.
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.
Feb 21, 2001
Includes an article about the role of hometown associations in creating transnational identities within immigrant communities.
Jan 21, 2001
Donald E. Miller, Jon Miller, and Grace Roberts Dyrness report on two years of research on immigrant religious congregations.
Jan 15, 2001
This brief introduction by John B. Orr discusses strategies for building capacity.
Faith-Based Organizations and Welfare Reform: California Religious Community Capacity Study Qualitative Findings and Conclusions
Dec 17, 2000
John B. Orr's qualitative analysis of welfare reform efforts.
Jul 17, 2000
Donald E. Miller, Roger Gustafson, Timothy Sato offer selections from interviews with leaders from the Industrial Area Foundation in California.
Apr 17, 2000
A profile of religion's engagement in health services within Los Angeles County John B. Orr and Sherry May.
Mar 21, 2000
Includes an article about the faith community's response to at-risk youth. spring2005
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.
Jun 1, 1994
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...