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Jean Bouchebel: Retired From World Vision, but Not From Serving God and Refugees

This article was originally published by Christianity Today, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. When Jean Bouchebel retired at age 70, he was not ready to simply relax. …

Why a Complaint Collective in Buddhist Studies?

CRCC Fellow Ann Gleig discusses speaks as a part of a series called Step Forward, in which scholars of Buddhist Studies discuss the academic culture of the field, focusing primarily on histories …

#BuddhistCultureWars: Buddhabros, Alt-Right Dharma, and Snowflake Sanghas

This article appeared in the Journal of Global Buddhism Vol 22, No 1 (2021) and was co-authored by Ann Gleig and Brenna Artinger. Abstract While often associated with a liberal demographic, the …

Sitting in the Fire Together: People of Color Cultivating Radical Resilience in North American Insight Meditation

This article appeared in the Journal of Global Buddhism’s Special Issue on Buddhism and Resilience, Vol 22, No 1 (2021), co-edited by Nalika Gajaweera.  Abstract Drawing upon ethnographic research conducted in California …

Journal of Global Buddhism: Special Issue on Buddhism and Resilience

Nalika Gajaweera co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Global Buddhism on Buddhism and Resilience with Darcie DeAngelo. Below is an excerpt of their introduction along with a list of articles …

New York Times: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Police Funding

As part of its coverage of the anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, the New York Times wrote about the debate over funding for the …

Regina Evans: Art and Spirit Inspires Mission to Rescue Sex Trafficked Youth

This radio documentary was originally published by KALW, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it at KALW.org. California reports more cases of human tracking than any state. …

The End (of Lockdown) is Near: Opening Houses of Worship in a Time of Uncertainty

I had just announced our church’s plans to resume in-person worship when someone called and told me they had contracted COVID-19. Immediately, I second-guessed the decision to reopen our worship building for …

Kushil Gunasekera: ‘The More You Give, the More Will Be Yours to Give’

This article was originally published by The Arrow Journal, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. “I want to be one of the nicest human beings that this earth …

Why Genocide Survivors Can Offer a Way to Heal from the Trauma of the Pandemic

This article was originally published in The Conversation. The pandemic has been a period of acute trauma at many levels. More than 3 million people have died globally from COVID-19, including over …

KALW’s The Spiritual Edge Launches Podcast with Stories of Reality and Hope

KALW’s The Spiritual Edge announces the launch of a new podcast, with stories of our collective reality, injected with a dash of hope. The first season of The Spiritual Edge podcast brings …

Umar Hakim: Humanitarian Day Reborn for a Ramadan in a Pandemic

This article was originally published in The Washington Post and Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Last year, Ramadan ended just days before the murder …

CBS2: Smith-Pollard on MLK’s impact in Los Angeles

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. found both support and opposition in Los Angeles. Najuma Smith-Pollard of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement spoke with CBS-LA about the legacy of …

The LAist: Smith-Pollard on Gascón’s Parole Reforms

L.A. District Attorney George Gascón prohibited his prosecutors from opposing parole or attending parole hearings in a reform meant to encourage the release of those with low risk of committing another crime. …

Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard on Chauvin Trial

Religious leaders anticipated and responded to the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota. Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center …

In Wake of Chauvin Trial, What Can Faith Leaders Learn From the Rodney King LA Civil Unrest?

This article was originally published in Religion News Service and The Washington Post. As the U.S. reacts to the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, many are wary of violence …

Deseret News: Flory on Reaching Gen Z During the Pandemic

Is the COVID-19 pandemic the perfect opportunity for faith leaders to reach Gen Z? Research suggests that this might be an ideal moment for faith leaders to reach out, but so far, …

An Anti-Poverty Policymaker Finds New Meaning in Hindu Texts

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. It’s a Friday night at the First …

Part Three: Safety, Creating Moments of Sakina

Resilience is not about “powering through” on an empty tank; resilience is about how we replenish along the way. The Arabic word sakinah, or comfort and serenity, connects to the word sakan, …

Part Two: Forgiveness

Growth Mindset: We build afiyah, or emotional well-being, through resilience cultivated by retaining a positive and hopeful outlook when faced with hardship. In the Islamic tradition, hardship presents as a transient season …