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Can Religion Help Survivors Regain Their Humanity? A Reflection on the Rwandan Genocide

The following article originally appear in Tui Motu InterIslands Magazine, a New Zealand publication. One of the first survivors that I interviewed in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide told me that his …

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 …

When What You Do Is Who You Are: The Intersection of Jewish Organizational Culture and Identity

“By the time Shabbat comes around, I don’t want to see another Jew or think about anything Jewish.” I have heard variations on that statement countless times over the years that I …

Reimagining Impact: An Evaluation of the Avanath/CORCDC Partnership

This study examines the social impact of community service organizations that are affiliated with church groups in Southern California. In our work with many such faith-based groups, we have found that, while …

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 …

The Roaring 20s: Religion Trends to Watch in 2020 and the Next Decade 

The 1920s was a decade of change, and we see the 2020s as reminiscent of the cultural flux of that period. When people think of the 1920s, many imagine a golden era …

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 …

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 …

Uncharted Pilgrimages: Mapping Contemporary Spiritual Journeys

Community Transformation: Outlining a Process for Change

Introduction: Innovation Labs for Congregational Vitality and Community Change Imagine if a church held a gala to raise money for programs to help improve the lives of its neighbors, and everyone in …

How to Start a Wealth-Building Ministry at Your Church

In disadvantaged communities, economic instability makes it difficult for many to access important financial knowledge. Without this information, people cannot lift themselves up and grow their wealth. And if the people are …

RNS: Richard Flory on Christian Nationalists

An emerging group of leaders are combining conservative Christianity and nationalism. Religion News Service wrote about Michael O’Fallon, the CEO of Sovereign Nations and owner of Sovereign Cruises and Events LLC, which …

A nascent #ChurchToo movement could improve gender equality in the black church

This article was originally published by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.  By Susan Bell The first advice the Reverend Najuma Smith-Pollard gives male pastors is not to use …

KQED/KPCC: Richard Flory on Bethel School for Supernatural Ministry

People come from around the world to Redding, California to learn miraculous healing. The California Dream Series (a media collaboration of KQED, CALmatters, KPCC and others) featured CRCC’s senior director of research …

KCRW: Brie Loskota on the United Methodists, Young People and Religion

With the United Methodist Church facing a possible schism over gay clergy and marriage, KCRW asked CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota to explain the divisions around LGBT rights in religious communities, and …

Rev. Cecil L. Murray: A Call to Ministry

Rev. Cecil L. Murray led First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church in Los Angeles for 27 years. In this video, Pastor Murray reflects on his calling to the ministry, from his childhood …

The Murray Method of Church Leadership

In his 27-year tenure at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, Rev. Cecil L. Murray transformed a small congregation into a megachurch that brought jobs, housing and corporate investment …

Deseret News: Richard Flory on the Instagrammable Bible and Kanye’s Christianity

Young Christian entrepreneurs are bringing an Instagram aesthetic to the Bible. Alabaster Co. produces books of the Bible with large, artistic images. The Deseret News asked Richard Flory, CRCC’s Senior Director of …

The Guardian: Flory on the Rise of Pentecostalism in America

Today’s Pentecostalism in America is not what it used to be. As Australian Pentecostal groups – such as Hillsong, C3, and A21 – are rapidly growing across America, they are also transforming …

Deseret News: Flory on Declining Church Attendance

Today, nearly 1/4 of Americans do not affiliate with a faith group, and church leaders across the country are growing concerned on how to combat declining church attendance rates. Deseret News interviewed CRCC’s Senior Director …