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Jenifer Colpas Fernández: Young Colombian activist brings light to the displaced communities

This article was originally published on Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  CARTAGENA, Colombia (RNS) — In Isla de León, an hour’s drive through traffic-choked streets …

Remembering Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma: A Savior and Peace Builder

He was many things rolled into one: A committed community peace builder, a passionate promoter of religious tolerance and a tireless advocate of free education for children. Above all, Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma …

Why They Cross the Mediterranean: Italy’s ‘Guardian Angel of Refugees’ in Conversation with a Survivor of the 2013 Lampedusa Shipwreck

For nearly 20 years, Eritrean Catholic Priest Mussie Zerai has fielded thousands of distress calls from refugees and migrants on shipwrecked vessels in the Mediterranean Sea. “I’ve heard the voices. I’ve heard …

Father Mussie Zerai: The Migrant Priest

Father Mussie Zerai (born in Asmara, 1975) is an Eritrean Roman Catholic priest and refugees’ rights advocate. Referred to as “the migrant priest,” “guardian angel of the refugees,” and “refugees’ first responder,” …

Stones that Have Weathered Many Storms: A Reporter’s Notebook from a Human Rights Defender’s Place of Solace

In the rugged landscape of the Kotayk Province of Armenia, Geghard Monastery rises from an amphitheater of steep cliffs like a revelation. Even the long trek to the monastery complex, surrounded by …

Lara Aharonian: Advocating for Armenia’s Vulnerable Women

This article was originally published by Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  YEREVAN, Armenia (RNS) — Home for Lara Aharonian is this capital city whose architecture …

RNS: Gajaweera on Buddhism and Sri Lanka’s Recent Protest Movement

Protests that led to Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resignation have raised questions about the role of Buddhism in the country’s politics. Religion News Service interviewed CRCC’s Nalika Gajaweera about the Buddhist …

Sister Agatha Chikelue: Committed to Building Peace in Nigeria

This article was originally published by Global Sisters Report, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  When she was an infant, Agatha Chikelue became gravely ill. Her parents took her to …

Tom Catena: Choosing Joy Over Happiness

This article was originally published by Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. GIDEL, Sudan — The media is filled with articles on how to achieve happiness, including in …

Sri Lanka’s Dual Crisis: Ethnic Conflict & the Debt Economy

This article was originally published by Jamhoor. “Except for the home crowd cheering for our national team at an international cricket match, it was the first time I was seeing Sri Lankans …

Media on the 30 Years after LA’s 1992 Civil Unrest

As the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture reflected on the 1992 Civil Unrest, the words and efforts of the Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray following the unrest continued to be highlighted …

Communality: A Possible Solution to Environmental Protection

“An individual does not exist,” Jaime Martínez Luna, a Zapotec intellectual (pictured in yellow jacket), told me as we shared coffee in his kitchen in the small mountain village of San Pablo …

Why Activism Thrives in L.A.’s Black Churches

This article was originally published by Trojan Family Magazine. by Eric Lindberg; Photos by Gus Ruelas Many members of the Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard’s church near downtown Los Angeles struggled for food during the …

Student Reflection: Researching Healing Justice with Dignity and Power Now

By Addison Baker Addison Baker is an undergraduate student at The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Addison spent time researching the Black Lives Matter movement, along with healing modalities and …

Carmen Santiago Alonso: In Oaxaca, Indigenous Farmers Mourn Catholic Activist

This article was originally published by Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. OAXACA, Mexico (RNS) — At Carmen Santiago Alonso’s funeral on Feb. 7, the …

CBS2 and Spectrum News 1: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Martin Luther King Day Jr.

CRCC’s Najuma Smith-Pollard was featured on CBS2 and Spectrum News 1’s “In Focus SoCal” to talk about how Los Angeles communities are continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaking …

Neris Gonzalez: ‘My Dreams Will Never Be the Same’

This story was originally published by Harvard Divinity Bulletin, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. NERIS GONZALEZ WAS WATCHING the news when the grainy video of George Floyd appeared. She sat …

In Orthodox Georgia, Women Are Pioneering Tourism To A Muslim Valley Hit Hard By War

This story was originally published by Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. PANKISI, Georgia— Off the beaten path and between the thickly forested Caucacus mountains bordering Russia …

Sister Dianna Ortiz: A Tribute to a Survivor of Torture Who Became a Voice for Victims

This radio documentary was originally published by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. To hear this and other profiles, subscribe to The Spiritual Edge podcast …

Rosalina Tuyuc Velasquez: Calling on Ancient Maya Wisdom to Heal Guatemalan Widows

This radio documentary was originally published by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it at KALW.org. To hear this and other profiles, subscribe …