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Thriving (or Just Surviving): 2023 Trends to Watch in Religion and Society

If CRCC’s annual trends to watch have been growing more ominous in recent years, then 2023 feels like a pivotal year for many of the issues we’ve been tracking:  Like our final …

Huda Abu Arqoub: Building the Land Her Grandfather Knew

Peacebuilder Huda Abu Arqoub has a spiritual vision for Israel/Palestine rooted in the past. A truly holy land, she says, is one in which all can live together. When Huda Abu Arqoub …

Ten Characteristics of Thriving Communities of Faith

Even as religious affiliation continues to decline, CRCC’s research on religious creativity and innovation has found groups that are thriving across religious traditions. While not necessarily large (though some are), these groups …

Holistic Resilience: Why Some Spiritual Exemplars Question Suffering as a Path to Resilience

When CRCC’s “Spiritual Exemplars Project” team was invited to present about “resilience,” it was easy to think of many examples within our sample of 100+ spiritually engaged humanitarians who had endured and …

Dr. Nikia S. Robert: The Birth Of The Abolitionist Sanctuary

This article was originally published on The Christian Recorder, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  On a late spring Sunday in May, the Rev. Dr. Nikia S. Robert, an …

Student Reflection: Curating Religion: Pluralistically, Singularly, or Not At All?

By Caris White Caris White is a student at Dartmouth College studying religion and art history. The following blog post was an independent project she worked on during a summer internship with …

Jenifer Colpas Fernández: Young Colombian activist brings light to the displaced communities

This article was originally published on Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  CARTAGENA, Colombia (RNS) — In Isla de León, an hour’s drive through traffic-choked streets …

Articles written by USC Dornsife scholars for The Conversation garner more than 10 million reads

By Annie Bang This article was originally published by USC Dornsife. With topics ranging from religion to Botox, readers from around the globe have read the works of Trojan scholars through The Conversation. …

Sister Teresa Forcades: Meet a Catholic Nun Who Smashes the ‘Pro-life’ Patriarchy

This article was originally published on Smashboard, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  “All women should have the ‘morning-after’ pill in their purses”. It’s a compelling statement, especially since …

Eboo Patel: Leading Interfaith America Into The New Era Of Religious Diversity

This article was originally published by Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  CHICAGO — By his own telling, as a young man Eboo Patel was something of a …

Thriving Congregations Conversation with Mark Labberton

Fuller Seminary President Mark Labberton provides insights on developing ministries that address the needs and realities of the world, while cultivating an intentional awareness of God’s work and leading with openness, humility …

Conflict and Congregations: How Churches Respond to Politics and the Pandemic

As the 2022 midterm elections approach, little can be predicted—except, perhaps, that they will further cement the deep divides in our country. Those divides often extend into religious congregations. CRCC is a …

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur: Musing on Mortality from a French Feminist Rabbi

This article was originally published by the New York Times, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur thinks a lot about death. In years past, she would typically …

Remembering Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma: A Savior and Peace Builder

He was many things rolled into one: A committed community peace builder, a passionate promoter of religious tolerance and a tireless advocate of free education for children. Above all, Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma …

Finding Accountability and a Moral Agenda After Revelations of Racism in City Hall

Politicians are elected to represent all of their constituents, not just those who voted for or supported them. They should be fair-minded and not traffic in exclusionary or discriminatory practices, or promote …

KPCC: Najuma Smith-Pollard on LA Council Members’ Racist Remarks

Faith leaders are among those calling for accountability after the revelations of racist comments in a conversation between some of Los Angeles’ top Latino political leaders. The Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard spoke …

Resources for Thriving Congregations: Programs, Services and Models of Engagement

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture invited a number of guests at our conference on “Reimagining Ministry (Again)” to share programs, services or models of engagement that faith leaders can …

Why They Cross the Mediterranean: Italy’s ‘Guardian Angel of Refugees’ in Conversation with a Survivor of the 2013 Lampedusa Shipwreck

For nearly 20 years, Eritrean Catholic Priest Mussie Zerai has fielded thousands of distress calls from refugees and migrants on shipwrecked vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. “I’ve heard the voices. I’ve heard …

Father Mussie Zerai: The Migrant Priest

Father Mussie Zerai (born in Asmara, 1975) is an Eritrean Roman Catholic priest and refugees’ rights advocate. Referred to as “the migrant priest,” “guardian angel of the refugees,” and “refugees’ first responder,” …

Passing on the Kindness: A Conversation on Faith and Social Entrepreneurship

The Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard hosted a conversation with Ida Puliwa, a social entrepreneur and community organizer from Malawi and a “Spiritual Exemplar,” profiled as part of the Center for Religion and …