- CommentaryCivic Engagement: A Call for More Than Just Every Four YearsThis article originally appeared in The Ismaili USA. Every four years the citizenry of the United States engages the political process through national elections. The election cycle seems to lengthen with each …Topics: Community Organizing, Faith-Based Organizations, Government and Religion, Political Attitudes and Values, Voting and Elections
- CommentaryWhy Do Buddhists Give Money in Sri Lanka, But Not in the U.S.?During visit to observe a Los Angeles-based mindfulness group a few months ago, the teacher asked me to explain to her students the significant role that dana, one of the ten pāramitā …Topics: Asia, Buddhists and Buddhism, Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Faith-Based Organizations, Religious Leadership
- CommentaryBeyond Prayers and Protests: Building Trust Among the Police and Community in Downtown Los AngelesThis is the first in a series of essays about the Trust Talks. The next event is October 3. On a Saturday last April, a group of pastors and other faith leaders …Topics: Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, Criminal Justice, Race and Culture, Religious Leadership, Southern California, Violence
- ArticleThe Gay Sex Worker Who Defied Sharia Law in Banda Aceh to OrganizeThis post originally appeared on Global Post. JAKARTA, Indonesia — Faisal Riza started as a sex worker in one of the riskiest possible places for any kind of transgressive behavior: Aceh, a …Topics: Asia, Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, LGBT Issues
- CommentaryBuilding the Future of Religion, One Burrito at a Time: Service Groups and Religious “Nones”On a recent Thursday night, a group of about 75 volunteers for the Burrito Project commandeered the kitchen and fellowship hall at the Church of the Epiphany to make 1,000 burritos to …Topics: Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, Faith-Based Organizations, Hunger and Food Policy, Millennials, Religious "Nones", Social Services
- ArticleHampers of hope in Harbor CityThis post originally appeared on Al Jazeera America. HARBOR CITY, Calif. — From the Pacific Coast Highway exit off the freeway in Harbor City, it is impossible to miss the towering exhaust stacks …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Interfaith/Multifaith Movements, Social Services
- VideoA Family Occupation: Samuel Chu on the Occupy Central Movement in Hong Kong
- CommentaryLA Voice: Congregations and Communities Building Electoral PowerFor many years in the United States, churches have been at the center of progressive political and social movements. From abolitionism to child welfare and of course the Civil Rights Movement, religious …Topics: Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, Criminal Justice, Economic Inequality, Government and Religion, Southern California, Voting and Elections
- CRCC in the NewsFrom #GivingTuesday to Giving USA, New Lessons for Faith-Based OrganizationsHuffington Post Religion covered the Faith+GivingTuesday+SocialGood summit, which featured CRCC’s Rev. Mark Whitlock, Brie Loskota and Nadia Roumani. The summit convened representatives from religious organizations, universities and entrepreneurs who are exploring the …Topics: AMCLI, CMCCE, Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, Faith-Based Organizations, Religious Affiliation, Religious Leadership
- ReportPutting Faith First: Traditions and Innovations in Organizing within Religious CommunitiesThe Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the Program on Environmental and Regional Equity announce the publication of “Putting Faith First: Traditions and Innovations in Organizing within Religious Communities.” While some …Topics: Community Organizing
- VideoOne LA: Standing Together
- ReportChristians Supporting Community Organizing: A New Voice for Change Among Evangelical, Holiness, and Pentecostal ChristiansTimothy Sato and Donald E. Miller report on the activities of Christians Supporting Community Organizing. Download a PDF of the ReportTopics: Christians and Christianity, Community Dynamics, Community Organizing, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Pentecostals and Pentecostalism
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- Steven Barrie-AnthonyContributing FellowSteven Barrie-Anthony is a scholar and writer who examines spiritual and religious innovation and change and its impacts on public life, such as on styles of civic and political action.
- Samuel ChuContributing FellowSamuel Chu is a seasoned community organizer and strategist who works at the intersection of faith and public policy.
- Hebah FarragAssistant Director of ResearchHebah Farrag manages the center’s research and evaluation projects while engaging in research focused on religion, social change and new spiritualties.
- Richard FlorySenior Director of Research and EvaluationRichard Flory is a sociologist whose work focuses on religion and urban life, religious and cultural change, and youth and young adults.
- Rev. Frank Jackson, Jr.Contributing FellowRev. Frank Jackson, Jr. couples his experience in business and investment with his passion for community development.
- Brie LoskotaExecutive DirectorBrie Loskota researches how religions change and make change in the world, and works to build the capacity of religious communities around the globe.
- Juan MartínezContributing FellowJuan Martinez studies the history of Latino Protestantism, Latino Protestant identity and transnational mission among U.S. Latinos.
- Donald E. MillerDirector of Strategic InitiativesDonald Miller focuses on global religious trends, genocides of the 20th century, and the role of religious NGOs in addressing issues of moral concern.
- Cecil L. MurrayUniversity FellowRev. Cecil Murray works to ensure that the legacy of African American Church leaders pass on their years of experience to the next generation.
- John B. OrrCo-founder & University FellowJohn B. Orr has worked extensively in the fields of religion, education and politics.
- Nadia RoumaniContributing FellowNadia Roumani has worked with a wide range of organizations over the past decade to better understand the needs of Muslim communities across the United States.
- Rebecca SagerContributing FellowRebecca Sager’s work focuses on political and religious movements and parities in American political life.
- Adlai WertmanUniversity FellowAdlai Wertman teaches social entrepreneurship at USC. He led Chrysalis, a non-profit devoted to helping the homeless in Los Angeles gain employment.
- Mark WhitlockExecutive Director of USC Cecil Murray Center for Community EngagementRev. Mark Whitlock is a pastor specializing in church leadership and community and economic development.