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National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Religious Literacy Primer 2019

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement created this religious literacy primer for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), in an effort to help members of the organization engage …

Sexual Assault During Hajj: Will #MosqueMeToo Lead to Reforms in Mecca?

In February of 2018, inspired by the #MeToo movement, Muslim women took to social media to describe sexual harassment and assault in the holiest shrines of the Islamic faith: the Kaabah in …

Transitions: New Spiritual Community in Black Radical Organizing

Competing voices within spiritual groups help to create boundaries of belonging within and beyond the group by articulating notions of identity and meaning that are based in history, myth and gender, among …

In Trump Era, Young Muslims Question Respectability Politics of Mosques

This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Possibly this week, President Trump might sign yet another executive order, this time restricting entry to the United States from majority Muslim countries [read a draft …

What We Know – And What We Don’t Know – After 20 Years of Charitable Choice

This post is adapted from a longer white paper on 20 years of Charitable Choice. Twenty years ago, President Bill Clinton enacted the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 …

Charitable Choice: A Bibliography

With the passage of welfare reform in 1996, the United States government instituted the “Charitable Choice” provision, leading to, for the first time, direct funding of religious organizations to provide social services. …

The Habit and the Hijab: An Exploration on Sacred Dress

Not all nuns look the same. As a Muslim American with very little exposure to Catholicism, I recently have learned about the diversity of Catholic sisters. This basic lesson has proven to …

My Clock Story: How Accusations Against Muslim Americans Do Harm

A few weeks before I graduated as an undergrad from USC, a false complaint was lodged against me with the dean of my school. A fellow student claimed that I was plotting …

The Role of the Spirit in #BlackLivesMatter Movement

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches and was republished by On Being with Krista Tippett. As the nation mourned the deaths of nine murdered at Emanuel AME Church last week, the …

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Faithful Action: Working with Religious Groups in Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery

Executive Summary Faith-based organizations provide services before, during, and after disasters. Studies of catastrophes—from 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina to local wildfires—describe the important role of the faith community as a source of …

Appendix: Geographic Profile of Imperial County

Imperial County is located in the Imperial Valley, in the far southeast of the U.S. state of California, bordering both Arizona and Mexico. It is part of the El Centro Metropolitan Area, …

Appendix: Geographic Profile of Oakland

Oakland is a major West Coast port city on San Francisco Bay in the U.S. state of California. It is the eighth-largest city in the state with a 2010 population of 390,724. …

Appendix: Geographic Profile of Irvine

Irvine is a suburban incorporated city in Orange County, California. It is a master planned city, mainly developed by the Irvine Company since the 1960s. Irvine was formally incorporated on December 28, …

Appendix: Geographic Profile of Los Angeles

Los Angeles, with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 3,792,621, is the most populous city in the state of California, and the second most populous in the United States, …

Additional Appendices

The following appendices are available in the PDF of Faithful Action. Glossary of Acronyms Select Organizations Works Referenced California Congregations Assest Mapping and Risk Communication Survey for Public Health Emergencies and Disaster …

Footnotes

1 Lawson, Erma J. (2007) “Wading in the Waters: Spirituality and Older Black Katrina Survivors,” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved,18.2: 341-354. Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation …

Introduction

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) and faith leaders serve as focal points for people seeking physical, social, emotional, and spiritual care when disasters strike, as evidenced by responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane …

Current Environment and Need for Engagement

As the social safety net of the United States erodes, faith-communities often work to fill many of the unmet needs of their congregations and their surrounding communities on a day-to-day basis. They …

Types and Tiers of Faith Communities

Similar to the assumptions noted previously, most discussions of the potential role of the faith community to act in various public capacities assume that there is a singular entity made up of …

Roles of Congregations

Polls show that during times of crisis, nearly 60 percent of Americans say they turn first to a religious leader for comfort and guidance.21  In the wake of crisis or disaster, it …