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Predictions 2021: An Uphill Struggle

As we do around this time each new year, we at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) are going to make some predictions for 2021. Even though the world …

Transforming the American Sangha: Race, Racism and Diversity in North American Insight Meditation

North American Insight Meditation institutions, rooted in the Vipassana tradition of Theravada Buddhism, are often seen as liberal, inclusive multicultural spaces committed to welcoming diverse constituencies into their communities. The research undertaken …

Mindfulness in a time of Dis-ease: Breathing through Cancer, COVID & Climate Change

This article was originally published in Mindfully Speaking, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  My mind was racing. I couldn’t sleep despite the fatigue of the first trimester …

Sister Mary Catherine Redmond: Connection, Compassion and Care in a Bronx COVID-19 Ward

This article was originally published in Global Sisters Report, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  NEW YORK — In the first three months of the pandemic, Sr. Mary Catherine Redmond …

Scott Warren and Emily Saunders: Facing Decades in Prison for Helping Migrants

This radio documentary was produced by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it on The Spiritual Edge’s website. Most religions teach people to …

Spiritual Leadership in Myanmar

I visited Yangon for the first time in January 2020, and from the airport tarmac into its downtown, the city had been signposted with billboards of Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s face. She …

Bart Weetjens: Meet The Belgian Buddhist Training Entrepreneurs

This article was originally published by Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  LALOBBE, France — Bart Weetjens wants to save the world by teaching meditation to one …

The Mothers of the Righteous Society: Lay Buddhist Women as Agents of the Sinhala Nationalist Imagery

The following is an excerpt of an article by Nalika Gajaweera published in the Journal of Global Buddhism. Read the full article on globalbuddhism.org. Discussions about the gendered experience of Buddhism, especially …

Ida Puliwa: How A Stranger’s Kindness Transformed A Village In Malawi

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  In my last international trip before the pandemic, I had the chance to interview a young …

Rachel Sumekh: The Young Jewish Woman Of Color Leading America’s Effort To End Hunger On College Campuses

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  I first met Rachel Sumekh in August 2019 on the ground floor of a glimmering high …

What is the AMCLI Coaching for Racial Justice program?

AMCLI Coaching for Racial Justice: Using Coaching Skills to Deepen Anti-Racism Work is a five-week training program for AMCLI Fellows.  

Caroline Yongue: A Buddhist Lay Minister Asks ‘What Is A Good Death?’

This radio documentary was produced by The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it on The Spiritual Edge’s website. On a sunny October morning in …

Azza Karam: The Role Of Women In Faith And Diplomacy

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  LINDAU— Azza Karam was just about to step up to the podium at the Inselhalle in …

Sunita Viswanath: A New Kind of Allyship with Black Lives Matter

This article was originally published in The Juggernaut, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  When restaurant owner Ruhel Islam said “let my building burn” last month in Minneapolis, he instantly …

Sister Mary Scullion: Fighting to End Homelessness in Philadelphia

This article was originally published in Global Sisters Report, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  PHILADELPHIA — On a recent late summer afternoon, Mercy Sr. Mary Scullion found herself, as she …

Spiritual Protest: The Role of Faith in the Fight for Racial Justice

Hebah Farrag, assistant director of research at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, discusses the intersection of religion and Black Lives Matter. Panelists: Kim Jackson, entrepreneur, co-owner “We Be Grubbin” …

Critical Conversations: Public Transportation in a Pandemic

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement presents Phillip A. Washington, CEO of Metro, in conversation with the Murray Center’s Najuma Smith-Pollard and Frank Jackson, Jr. Find out how Washington has …

COVID-19 Proves To Be a Test of Faith for Believers, Churches and Communities

This USC News article was built off of a source alert “Spirituality in a Pandemic: A Test of Faith for Believers and Organizations.” The source alert has additional perspective from Najuma Smith-Pollard …

Resources on Faith-Based Community Organizing

The following are resources about faith-based community organizing compiled by Interfaith Funders, a network grantmakers that was committed to social change and economic justice. Though the network is no longer in operation, …

Faith-Based Community Organizing: The State of the Field

A report of the findings of a national survey conducted by Interfaith Funders, Jericho, NY, January 2001 Co-authored by Mark R. Warren and Richard L. Wood Introduction Faith-Based Community Organizing (FBCO) strives …