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Community Connection: Najuma Smith-Pollard on #MeToo in the Black Church

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement organized a meeting of women leaders in the Black Church about #MeToo this fall, prompting an article in the L.A. Times. Following the article, …

LA Times: Murray Center Gathers Women for Discussion of #MeToo in Black Church

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement convened a group of prominent women to discuss sexual harassment in the Black Church. The Los Angeles Times covered the #MeToo-inspired gathering, organized by …

The Cosby Case at Church: Why Pastors Should Address Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby is back in court this week. This time, in Pittsburgh, his sexual assault case is framed against the backdrop of #MeToo, the movement raising awareness of sexual harassment, and #ChurchToo. …

As King Encouraged, America Must Face Her Flaws

This post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. In Dr. Martin Luther King’s posthumously published essay, “A Testament of Hope,” he wrote, “It is forcing America to face all its interrelated …

KPCC Take Two: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Atonement

A StoryCorps confession from an 94-year-old white man about steeling $2 from his African American maid has led to a wider conversation about race, guilt, forgiveness and atonement. KPCC’s Take Two asked …

L.A. Sentinel: Faith Leaders Urge Thankfulness

The Los Angeles Sentinel asked Southern California faith leaders to share what they’re thankful for during a year that has been particularly hard on communities of color. The article quoted both the …

A Post-Election Prayer for Love, Families and Unity

The Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, was part of a prayer service for hope and unity at the Cathedral of Our Lady of …

Being Prophetic from the Pulpit in a Strained Political Season

This post was also published by the Los Angeles Sentinel.  I was not quite ready for the personal challenge posed by “The Birth of a Nation,” the new film by Nate Parker. …

L.A. Focus News Profiles Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard

L.A. Focus News interviewed Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, for its “pastor profile.” Smith-Pollard shared the story of how she found her calling …

What’s a Preacher to Say in the Wake of Tragedy?

If you were anywhere near a radio, TV to catch the news this past week, you know that July 5-8 was a difficult and emotionally charged week. We saw footage of not …

Black Lives Matter is a Black Church Matter

“The big deal is we think the power is in us individually…the power is in us collectively. It is in the church.” —John M. Perkins While much of the country was focused …

Christmas Economics: Black Friday Boycotts and Santa Selling Toys

Christmas is not only a religious holiday, but also season for shopping. The Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement was called on to respond to the economics of Christmas. “Jesus doesn’t sell …

#Push100: Faith Leaders Activate Against Violence

One of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s alum, Pastor Michael Fisher of Greater Zion Church Family, has convened 40 pastors to take post at various major intersections around South Los …

My Prayer, Post-Charleston

Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard originally published a version of this post on her blog. During any given week, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights, thousands of Christian communities—from small congregations to megachurches—open their …