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LA Times: Richard Flory on Biola University and the Future of Evangelicalism

Divisions about the political and cultural application of evangelical faith principle are playing out at evangelical colleges across the country. The Los Angeles Times covered how those divisions are playing out at …

Voice of San Diego: Richard Flory on a Right-Wing Church

The Voice of San Diego profiled Awaken, a local evangelical church that has become a center for right-wing political organizing. CRCC’s Richard Flory provided context for conservative political activism of evangelical churches. …

Kumu Hina and Walter Ritte: ‘A very Hawaiian place’

This article was originally published by Indian Country Today, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. HONOLULU, Hawai’i — It’s a weekday evening rush-hour in Honolulu, and Hina Wong-Kalu is driving us …

LA Daily News: Churches face post-pandemic declines in membership

Like many congregations in the wake of pandemic-era restriction, the first Black church founded in the San Fernando Valley has seen significant declines in membership, the Los Angeles Daily News reported. Membership …

A Call to Action

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. …

CRCC Looks Back at 2021 and Looks Forward to 2022

It is hard to believe that we are just weeks away from the end of 2021 and a new year is on the horizon. The year has continued to be difficult for …

JTA: Flory and Belzer on the Spiritual Lives of Young Jews

Young Jews, age 13-25, are among those who are least likely to be thriving spiritually and religiously, according to a survey conducted by Springtide Research Institute. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency turned to …

Honolulu Civil Beat: Flory on Evangelical Pastors’ Influence on Vaccine Uptake

Some pastors in Hawaii are discouraging their members from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Honolulu Civil Beat reports. The article quotes CRCC’s Richard Flory about the perception of vaccines within evangelical Christianity. According …

Building on the Past, With an Eye to the Future – A Reflection from CRCC’s New Executive Director

Richard Flory shared the following reflection upon the announcement of his appointment as CRCC’s executive director, effective July 1, 2021. Thank you all for the notes of congratulations and kind words of …

LA Times: Why Are Christian Groups Allowed To Discriminate? Power and Privilege

The Los Angeles Times published the below letter to the editor from CRCC’s Richard Flory: To the editor: Op-ed article writers Rachel S. Mikva, Corey D.B. Walker and Reza Aslan are rightly …

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, …

Religion in Los Angeles: Religious Activism, Innovation and Diversity in the Global City

Religion in Los Angeles: Religious Activism, Innovation and Diversity in the Global City Edited by Richard Flory and Diane Winston (Routledge, 2021) Why has Los Angeles been a hotspot for religious activism, …

Jerry Falwell Jr. will leave behind a very different legacy from his influential father

This article was originally published by The Conversation. Jerry Falwell Jr., son and namesake of the founder of the evangelical Moral Majority movement, has resigned as president of Liberty University. The resignation …

Newsweek: Flory on Trump’s Waning White Evangelical Support

Donald Trump’s approval rate among white evangelicals has slipped since the onset of the pandemic in March. What does this signify for Trump’s re-election campaign? In an article about the 2020 Republican …

A Spark To Set a Fire of Innovation: Reimagining Church

The following is excerpted from Richard Flory’s remarks at the first round in CRCC’s series “Conversations on Thriving Communities.” The goal of Reimagining Church Initiative is to bring together a group of …

RNS: Flory on Harvest Crusade Transforming Into a Cinematic Experience

Tens of thousands of people gather in Anaheim’s Angel Stadium every August for the Harvest Crusade, a weekend-long evangelistic event featuring Christian music artists and special guests. But this year, amid a …

Religion News Service: Richard Flory on Young Adults Leaving Religion

Young adults are leaving organized religion in high numbers. Religion News Service spoke with co-authors Melinda Lundquist Denton and CRCC’s Richard Flory on the findings in their new book about the changing …

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 …

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 …