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Podcast: Walking Through an Unbalanced World with Brie Loskota

CRCC’s Executive Director Brie Loskota was interviewed on IndoctriNation, a podcast “covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.” She shared her perspective about leadership and change-making, based on her …

Murray Center Wishes Mark Whitlock Great Success on New Pastoral Assignment

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture will miss the immense contributions that Mark Whitlock has made to our collective endeavors. Mark first …

A nascent #ChurchToo movement could improve gender equality in the black church

This article was originally published by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.  By Susan Bell The first advice the Reverend Najuma Smith-Pollard gives male pastors is not to use …

Census 2020: Facts, Fictions and Faith

What is the census? The census is a counting of all residents in the United States. Our constitution mandates that we do a census every 10 years, and that it be used …

Joy Comes in the Morning: The Prophetic Social Witness of Rev. Cecil L. Murray

“Joy Comes in the Morning” is a PDF collection of 14 sermons delivered by the Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray at First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) in Los Angeles. It is part of …

KQED/KPCC: Richard Flory on Bethel School for Supernatural Ministry

People come from around the world to Redding, California to learn miraculous healing. The California Dream Series (a media collaboration of KQED, CALmatters, KPCC and others) featured CRCC’s senior director of research …

KCRW: Brie Loskota on the United Methodists, Young People and Religion

With the United Methodist Church facing a possible schism over gay clergy and marriage, KCRW asked CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota to explain the divisions around LGBT rights in religious communities, and …

Rev. Cecil L. Murray: A Call to Ministry

Rev. Cecil L. Murray led First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church in Los Angeles for 27 years. In this video, Pastor Murray reflects on his calling to the ministry, from his childhood …

The Murray Method of Church Leadership

In his 27-year tenure at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, Rev. Cecil L. Murray transformed a small congregation into a megachurch that brought jobs, housing and corporate investment …

A Cultural Tipping Point: Reflections of David Brooks’ Two Mountains

We are at a cultural tipping point. Hyper-individualism, postmodern rhetoric that relativizes every truth and narcissistic political posturing exhaust us. More people are dying annually of drug overdoses than in the Vietnam …

The Economist: Loskota on Religious Freedom at the Border

Activist on the left are using religious freedom–a value often championed by American conservatives–to defend their actions in court. The case of Scott Warren, who was being charged for helping undocumented immigrants …

Deseret News: Richard Flory on the Instagrammable Bible

Young Christian entrepreneurs are bringing an Instagram aesthetic to the Bible. Alabaster Co. produces books of the Bible with large, artistic images. The Deseret News asked Richard Flory, CRCC’s Senior Director of …

The Guardian: Flory on the Rise of Pentecostalism in America

Today’s Pentecostalism in America is not what it used to be. As Australian Pentecostal groups – such as Hillsong, C3, and A21 – are rapidly growing across America, they are also transforming …

Deseret News: Flory on Declining Church Attendance

Today, nearly 1/4 of Americans do not affiliate with a faith group, and church leaders across the country are growing concerned on how to combat declining church attendance rates. Deseret News interviewed CRCC’s Senior Director …

Arab News: Miller on Remembering the Armenian Genocide

April 24, 1915 marked the beginning of the brutal Armenian Genocide where up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire. Now over a century later, the Turkish government continues …

The Monthly: Flory on the Popularity of Hillsong’s Christine Caine

Megachurch Hillsong has recently been attracting a growing number of worshippers, and Christine Caine has emerged as a rising star among America’s evangelical circuit, selling out theaters and megachurches across the country. …

Sunni and Shia Islam

Orientation/Classification: Islam Adherents Consider Themselves: Muslim House of Worship: A place for Muslims to gather for Salat (ritual prayer) is called a masjid (place of prostration) or mosque. In the U.S., many …

Nation of Islam (NOI)

Orientation/Classification: Islam/Political-Religious Movement Adherents Consider Themselves: Muslim House of Worship: Mosque or Temple Religious Leader: Leader is called a minister and often the term “honorable” is used alongside his name. Population: The …

Islamic Traditions in the African-American Community Introduction

Islam in the African-American community is as old as the United States itself. Islam came to the United States on slave ships, and the first Qurans (the Islamic holy book) to be …

Black Interdenominational

To be interdenominational, a church or organization subscribes to no particular Christian denomination, but incorporates religious rituals and expressions stemming from several denominations. This is similar to being nondenominational, and some use …