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The following opinion article was published by Religion News Service.  30 years after Rodney King unrest, one faith leader’s vision still inspires LA (RNS) — Thirty years ago, Los Angeles was burning. …

Media on the 30 Years after LA’s 1992 Civil Unrest

As the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture reflected on the 1992 Civil Unrest, the words and efforts of the Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray following the unrest continued to be highlighted …

Communality: A Possible Solution to Environmental Protection

“An individual does not exist,” Jaime Martínez Luna, a Zapotec intellectual (pictured in yellow jacket), told me as we shared coffee in his kitchen in the small mountain village of San Pablo …

Part Three: Safety, finding the way between soul-care and self-care

As we enter into the last ten – and most blessed – days and nights of Ramadan, we shift our focus to the theme of safety. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: “It …

Conversations on the Civil Unrest

Dornsife Dialogues The USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences invited CRCC’s Najuma Smith-Pollard to moderate a discussion the causes and legacy of Los Angeles’ 1992 Civil Unrest. Watch it here: …

The Next Generation: Social Action Today

In the decade since CRCC published “Forging a New Moral and Political Agenda,” Los Angeles has seen the development of a new civil rights movement in Black Lives Matter, the resurgence of …

A Pivotal Figure: Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Murray

Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray was already a major force in Los Angeles when the 1992 civil unrest helped raise him to greater prominence. As pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal …

Old Problems, New Solutions

In 2012—two decades after the 1992 civil unrest—CRCC published “Forging a New Moral and Political Agenda” to track developments that had been uncovered in “Politics of the Spirit.” The networks and coalitions …

Memories of the Unrest

In 1965, the LAPD’s beating of a Black man—Marquette Frye—unleashed pent-up rage at police brutality and economic injustice in the city’s African American community, sparking the Watts Riots. Burned-out buildings from that …

Your Reflections: Memories & Lessons

The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture asked faith and community leaders to share their reflections on Los Angeles’ 1992 Civil Unrest and the rebuilding efforts that followed. Watch them here …

Thirty Years Later: Remembering LA’s 1992 Civil Unrest and Reimagining Social Action

Like the tectonic fault lines that can suddenly release pent-up geological pressures, shaking the literal bedrock of Southern California, the cultural fault lines between groups with unequal political and economic power periodically …

Part Two: Forgiveness (Rituals for the Mind and the Heart)

Interdependence: the dependence of two or more people or things on each other; the quality or condition of being mutually reliant. Islamic death and burial rituals serve one main purpose: to remind …

Part One: Mercy to Creation (Body and Environment)

In the first ten days of the month of Ramadan, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ encouraged Muslims to focus on the quality of mercy. As we transition into this Ramadan, a period of …

Healing Heartwork Toolkit: Exploring Loss

Deepening our understanding of Islamic tools for healing, self-care and community care In response to the emerging needs of its fellows, AMCLI launched a series of Healing Heartwork Toolkits to provide Islamic …

Munther Isaac: What Would Jesus Do at an Israeli Military Checkpoint?

This article was originally published by Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. BETHLEHEM— In the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, a stained glass window depicting …

LA Times: Nalika Gajaweera on How Buddhists Are Responding to Anti-Asian Violence

The March 16, 2021 killing of six women of Asian descent and two others brought Asian Buddhists together across lineages and communities to confront anti-Asian hate. A year later, the LA Times …

Student Reflection: Researching Healing Justice with Dignity and Power Now

By Addison Baker Addison Baker is an undergraduate student at The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Addison spent time researching the Black Lives Matter movement, along with healing modalities and …

Construya su Riqueza – Guía de Recursos

¿Cuáles son sus metas de vida? El Centro de Participación Comunitaria Cecil Murray de USC realiza talleres para ayudarlo a construir su riqueza. Asista a un taller y encuentre la motivación, la …

Taizé: A Musical Monastic Community, Formed in Response to a Global Crisis, Faces New Ones

This article was originally published by America Magazine, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. “Iedere nacht verlang ik naar u, o God” (My spirit yearns for you in the …

Banking Options

This resource guide includes links discussed during the USC Cecil Murray Center’s workshops on building wealth. Black-owned Banks in Los Angeles One United One United offers checking and savings accounts, credit cards, and …