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Faith Leadership Engagement with the FBI

  Join the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s Critical Conversation series as Pastor Najuma Smith Pollard, program manager of the Cecil Murray Center for Civic Engagement, moderates a discussion with Kristi Johnson, the …

Showing Up! Female Faith Leadership in the COVID-19 Pandemic

This post was originally published on the Berkley Forum, as part of a series on Gender, Religion and COVID-19. As a female pastor and community faith leader, I found myself called to …

VOANews Features Disasters & Religion App

Religious groups play a critical role in responding to wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters, VOA News notes in a piece about the Disasters & Religions app. The app helps disaster professional and …

Sojourners Magazine: Can Churches Earn the Trust of Young Racial Justice Activists?

Religious adherence may be on the decline among young people, but activists in the racial justice movement remain animated by spiritual practices, Sojourners magazine reported. The article quotes CRCC’s Hebah Farrag and …

Part One: Mercy and Compassion

Rest: In these first ten days, let us consider the multitude of ways in which Ramadan offers us a much-needed break from our pursuit of consumption. In the Qur’an, we understand that, …

Healing Heartwork Toolkit

Deepening our understanding of Islamic tools for healing, self-care, and community care In response to the emerging needs of AMCLI fellows, AMCLI launched a new series called “Healing Heartwork” this Ramadan 2021 …

The Spirit of World-Changers: Lessons from the Field

The Spiritual Exemplars Project (SEP), funded by a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, has spent the last two years collecting stories of individuals who are inspired by their faith or spiritual …

Black Female Leadership within LAPD: Untold Stories!

High-ranking African-American female leadership in the Los Angeles Police Department share untold stories of issues around racial equity, internal culture and politics of the LAPD, and being a Black woman in law …

“Living to Serve” by Sarbjit Singh

My name is Sarbjit Singh and I am a social activist for the Southern California Sikh community. I want to share my reflection regarding COVID-19 and what I have learned throughout lockdown–specifically, …

Credits

This report is a project of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture in partnership with Take Two of KPCC on the one-year anniversary of the lockdown. CRCC thanks the following …

“Constantly Attuning the Mind to God: Reflections on a Year in Lockdown” by Brother Balananda

The founder of Self-Realization Fellowship, Paramahansa Yogananda — who is widely regarded as the Father of Yoga in the West — shared this prayer-affirmation: “Dear Father, whatever conditions confront me, I know …

“Staying in the Game” by Pastor Eddie Anderson

My sisters and brothers, I stand before you this morning as we embrace the new year to remind you that, despite the stings in life, it is still worth it to play the …

“The Reign of God Is the Reign of Love” by Sister Reina Perea, OP

I was reared in the Catholic tradition, born here in Los Angeles of Mexican heritage. My faith has grown over the years, going to Catholic schools and praying the scriptures daily.  However, …

“Despite All These Things” by Vanessa Gomez Brake

In January of 2020, Taal Volcano in the Philippines began to erupt. At the time, I thought that would be the scariest thing my family would ever have to endure. Of course, …

“Making It to the Other Side” by Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard

In Luke 8:22 we learn that one day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So, they got into a boat and set out. …

“The Help of God is Near” by Chaplain Sondos Kholaki

Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem. In the name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Serving as a healthcare and community chaplain, I have the immense honor to accompany our brothers and sisters …

Fazlun Khalid: Environmentalism Is Intrinsic To Islam

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  LONDON — “The environment” is a relatively recent concept. Thomas Carlyle is believed to have …

Voices of Women and People of Color Must Be Part of Catholic Social Teaching Discussion

This article was originally published in the National Catholic Reporter. In a recent essay, Francis X. Rocca of the Wall Street Journal argued that Catholic social teaching presents a framework for uniting America, noting …

“Suffering Does Not Have the Last Word” by Rev. Mandy McDow

A little over a year ago, I was preparing to offer communion to my congregation. Los Angeles First United Methodist Church owns land on the corner of Flower and Olympic, near the …

Ela Gandhi: New Book Shares The Life And Lessons of Anti-Apartheid Activist

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  BERLIN— There is a temptation when you meet Ela Gandhi to assume her soft, fluttering voice, …