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Fachruddin Mangunjaya: Fusing Faith, Education, and Environmentalism

This article was originally published in Global Landscapes Forum, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  When Fachruddin Mangunjaya was researching his master’s dissertation in 2006 on attitudes toward …

Tuenjai Deetes: Helping the Stateless in Thailand

This video was published in DW Women, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  IMPACT: Tuenjai Deetes Standing up for tribal communities and making sure that they have a …

Anton Treuer: The Ojibwe Language Warrior

This article was originally published in Al Jazeera, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Anton Treuer grew up in the Deep North. Just as the Deep South is …

Badr Baabou: LGBTQ Activist in Tunisia

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Every month, 39-year-old Badr Baabou visits the whitewashed Sufi shrine of Aisha Al-Manoubya …

Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma: An Encounter with Sierra Leonean Who Saved 87 Child Soldiers

This article was originally published in Premium Times, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma, a Sierra Leonean who took the risk of leading 87 former …

Dean Issacharoff: A Turncoat in the Israeli Defense Forces

This podcast was produced in Snap Judgment, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. When Dean Issacharoff was a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, he patrolled the Palestinian …

Makvala Margoshvili: Preserving Culture in Georgia’s Pankisi Valley

This article was originally published in Mashallah News, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  “We become a reflection of God, and ask to deserve paradise after death.”  Mohamad …

Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma: The Savior of Sierra Leone’s Child Soldiers

This article was originally published in TRTWorld, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  It is an old story, 19 years old in fact. In 2000, on May 26, …

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 …

Journalist Fellows for the Spiritual Exemplars Project

Maggie Gobran: “Mama” to Thousands of Children in Egypt

Maggie Gobran is both a saint and a social entrepreneur. The daughter of an upper-middle-class family in Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Christian community, Mama Maggie, as she is known, made the radical decision …

Countering Pessimism and Despair: An Encounter with Two Spiritual Exemplars

As we enter 2019, two emotions seem to be dominant: political pessimism and personal anxiety. These feelings are rooted in the dysfunctions of government and economic instability, both of which are legitimate …

Nominate a Spiritual Exemplar

Do you know someone who is changing the world? Is their work inspiring but not widely known? The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture is launching a global project on spiritual …

USC’s Spiritual Exemplars Project to Uncover Stories of Hope

The Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) at the University of Southern California is embarking on an ambitious project to tell 100 stories of exemplary individuals inspired by their spirituality to …

Jamila Afghani: Educating and Empowering Women in Afghanistan

Jamila Afghani is an advocate for women’s rights and education in Afghanistan. She is the founder and chairperson of the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization, which provides literacy training, income generation projects …

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Denis Mukwege Keeps the Faith in the Face of Violence

I had the privilege of interviewing 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Doctor Denis Mukwege in 2017 in the small country of Armenia, where he was a finalist for the Aurora Prize—a $1 …