- CommentaryThe Changing Nature of America’s Irreligious ExplainedThis article was originally published on The Conversation. A recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th Congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of Americans who claim no …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Millennials, Political Attitudes and Values, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation, Social Services, Voting and Elections
- CommentaryA New Post-Election Religious AlignmentThis post originally appeared at On Faith. After a long election season in which it seemed that religion, for once, wasn’t the big story, we found out that eight out of 10 …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Interfaith/Multifaith Movements, Political Attitudes and Values, Religious "Nones", Social Services, Voting and Elections
- VideoLaundry Love: Making a Laundromat Sacred through Service
- CommentaryWhat We Know – And What We Don’t Know – After 20 Years of Charitable ChoiceThis post is adapted from a longer white paper on 20 years of Charitable Choice. Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 …Topics: Economic Inequality, Faith-Based Organizations, Government and Religion, Political Attitudes and Values, Social Services
- ResourcesCharitable Choice: A BibliographyWith the passage of welfare reform in 1996, the United States government instituted the “Charitable Choice” provision, leading to, for the first time, direct funding of religious organizations to provide social services. …Topics: Faith-Based Organizations, Government and Religion, Social Services
- VideoThe Row L.A. – A Skid Row Church Ministers on the Streets of Los Angeles
- CommentaryFinding Love in the Heart of Skid RowBy Ariel Blandford, video intern with CRCC As the sun set over the Los Angeles downtown skyline, it illuminated cotton candy clouds and painted the row buildings in pastels, creating a watercolor …Topics: Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Religious Leadership, Social Services, Southern California
- CommentaryLos Angeles’ Homelessness Emergency Is a Crisis of ValuesThis post also appeared on Equal Voice News and Huffington Post. A state of emergency signals that a catastrophe, social or natural, has challenged or upended civic order. Under states of emergency, …Topics: Economic Inequality, Faith-Based Organizations, Political Attitudes and Values, Social Services, Southern California
- CommentaryThe Top Five Religion Trends to Watch in 2016From the rise of evangelical hipsters to the rise of religious “nones,” religion is in a period of flux as we end one year and look forward to the next. Here at …Topics: Black Church, Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Hunger and Food Policy, Immigration, Latinos, LGBT Issues, Megachurches, Millennials, Place and Religion, Political Attitudes and Values, Protests and Uprisings, Race and Culture, Religious "Nones", Religious Leadership, Social Services, Voting and Elections
- ArticleCharting the Future of ReligionThis post originally appeared in Caring Magazine. At the start of a typical evening at Monday Night Mission, volunteers wiped down tables on a terrace outside a Burger King near Our Lady …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Faith-Based Organizations, Hunger and Food Policy, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation, Social Services
- CommentaryCould Pope Francis Change Hearts and Minds on Immigration on a Global Scale?This article originally appeared on Washington Post’s Acts of Faith blog. A few months into his papacy, Pope Francis took his first trip out of Rome to Lampedusa, the Italian island through …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Europe, Faith-Based Organizations, Immigration, Social Services
- 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
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- Sumaya AbubakerProject ManagerSumaya Abubaker manages leadership and civic engagement programming for minority faith communities.
- Brad ChristersonContributing FellowBrad Christenson is a sociologist who has written extensively in the areas of religion, race, ethnicity, and globalization.
- 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.
- Nalika GajaweeraResearch AssociateNalika Gajaweera is a cultural anthropologist specialized in Buddhism, transnationalism and ethics, with an area expertise in South Asia.
- Rev. Frank Jackson, Jr.Contributing FellowRev. Frank Jackson, Jr. couples his experience in business and investment with his passion for community development.
- Andrew JohnsonResearch AssociateAndrew Johnson is a sociologist who studies religion on the margins of society, with specific interests in religious practice inside of prison, Latin American Pentecostalism and religionin the city.
- 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.
- Tarra McNallyAssistant Director of EvaluationTarra McNally is an anthropologist specializing in evaluation and global health.
- 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.
- Jonathan RussellContributing FellowJonnie Russell is a scholar engaging religion, philosophy and politics, and a chaplain working for social justice on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles.
- Rebecca SagerContributing FellowRebecca Sager’s work focuses on political and religious movements and parities in American political life.