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Can Religion Help Survivors Regain Their Humanity? A Reflection on the Rwandan Genocide

The following article originally appear in Tui Motu InterIslands Magazine, a New Zealand publication. One of the first survivors that I interviewed in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide told me that his …

Fachruddin Mangunjaya: Fusing Faith, Education, and Environmentalism

This article was originally published in Global Landscapes Forum, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  When Fachruddin Mangunjaya was researching his master’s dissertation in 2006 on attitudes toward …

Church in the Wake of COVID-19: Helpful Info & Tips for Congregations

In the wake of COVID-19, the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement has compiled an infographic with helpful facts and tips for congregations with information from the Center for Disease Control …

KPCC, U.S. News, Teen Vogue & RNS: CRCC on Community in the Face of COVID-19

In the wake of COVID-19, communities across the world are undergoing immense changes and facing great uncertainties. Brie Loskota appeared on KPCC’s Take Two to discuss how communities should respond during these …

Securing Faith Communities in the Era of Mass Shootings – Keynote Address

Brie Loskota was the keynote speaker at the Faith Communities Security Summit, hosted by Biola University on March 3, 2020. Loskota is a board member of the LA Emergency Preparedness Foundation, one …

When What You Do Is Who You Are: The Intersection of Jewish Organizational Culture and Identity

“By the time Shabbat comes around, I don’t want to see another Jew or think about anything Jewish.” I have heard variations on that statement countless times over the years that I …

Tuenjai Deetes: Helping the Stateless in Thailand

This video was published in DW Women, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  IMPACT: Tuenjai Deetes Standing up for tribal communities and making sure that they have a …

Reimagining Impact: An Evaluation of the Avanath/CORCDC Partnership

This study examines the social impact of community service organizations that are affiliated with church groups in Southern California. In our work with many such faith-based groups, we have found that, while …

Becoming Human Again: An Oral History of the Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi

Becoming Human Again: An Oral History of the Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi By Donald E. Miller with Lorna Touryan Miller and Arpi Misha Miller (University of California Press, 2020) Genocide involves …

Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults

Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults By Melinda Lundquist Denton & Richard Flory (Oxford University Press, 2020) More than a decade ago, a group of researchers began …

Deseret News: Flory on Justin Bieber’s Christianity

Why does it seem that everyone is buzzing about Justin Bieber’s faith? Deseret News interviewed Richard Flory on the allure of celebrity Christians. Here is an excerpt: That’s been the case for …

Catholic Sisters Initiative Grantee Reporting Webinar

This video was part of a webinar for grantees of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative. The video explains the key indicators of progress for its strategy and how grantees …

National Prayer Breakfast Was a Moment for Leaders to Show Humility – Trump Changed It

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. A heaping plate of partisan politics, sprinkled with religious faith, topped the menu at the 68th National Prayer Breakfast. On the morning of Feb. 6, …

The Roaring 20s: Religion Trends to Watch in 2020 and the Next Decade 

The 1920s was a decade of change, and we see the 2020s as reminiscent of the cultural flux of that period. When people think of the 1920s, many imagine a golden era …

Anton Treuer: The Ojibwe Language Warrior

This article was originally published in Al Jazeera, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Anton Treuer grew up in the Deep North. Just as the Deep South is …

Washington Post & RNS: Flory on Pentecostal Church’s Attempt to Resurrect a Child

Hundreds of congregants attempted to resurrect a 2-year-old girl with song and dance at Bethel Church in Redding, California. The Washington Post and Religious News Service interviewed Richard Flory on Pentecostal beliefs …

Badr Baabou: LGBTQ Activist in Tunisia

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Every month, 39-year-old Badr Baabou visits the whitewashed Sufi shrine of Aisha Al-Manoubya …

Uncharted Pilgrimages: Mapping Contemporary Spiritual Journeys

Community Transformation: Outlining a Process for Change

Introduction: Innovation Labs for Congregational Vitality and Community Change Imagine if a church held a gala to raise money for programs to help improve the lives of its neighbors, and everyone in …

Beyond Influencer Marketing: How to Exercise Real Leadership Online

There are some things you will have no trouble finding on today’s internet: more fascinating content than you can ever hope to consume; oceans of strong opinions; products you never knew you …