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The Fight for Black Lives is a Spiritual Movement

This article was originally published in the Berkley Forum as an editorial response to “Religion and Racial Justice: The George Floyd Protests.” A circle of flowers forms a sanctuary honoring the space …

RNS: Indian Priest Warner D’Souza Makes The Kitchen His Pulpit Amidst the Pandemic

This article was originally published in Religion News Service with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. MUMBAI, India (RNS) — From his kitchen in a suburb of North Mumbai, 50-year-old Catholic …

Ashin Issariya: Leading the Charge Against Militant Buddhism

This article was originally published in New Statesman, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  January is the cool, dry season of traveling sermons in Myanmar, where members of …

KCET on Rev. Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray: The Reverend Who Led the Rebuilding of South L.A. After the 1992 Riots

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the United States has been gripped by fury over the nation’s persistent racism and police brutality. The unrest is reminiscent of the 1992 Los Angeles …

NBCLA’s Virtual Town Hall: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Fighting for Real Reform and Solutions Against Racism

Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, participated as a panelist for NBCLA’s Virtual Town Hall, “The Time is Now: Rooting Out Racism.” The conversation …

Religion News Service: Richard Flory on Young Adults Leaving Religion

Young adults are leaving organized religion in high numbers. Religion News Service spoke with co-authors Melinda Lundquist Denton and CRCC’s Richard Flory on the findings in their new book about the changing …

Jean Gakwandi: Rwanda Ministry Brings Genocide Survivors Hope

This article was originally published in Christianity Today, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  It was raining ferociously, causing the women and orphans to move away from the …

Faith & Politics: Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s hosts a conversation with two of its alumni about how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring: Dr. Michael Fisher, Greater Zion Church …

Dr. Mohammed Elgazzar: Saving Lives Across the Battle Lines

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — the city of learned philosophers and a once-great library, named after …

The Moroccan School Training Women Imams To Combat Extremism

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. It supplements Priyadarshini Sen’s profile of Ahmed Toufiq.  RABAT, Morocco — Wearing an embroidered …

Imam Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye: From Enemies to Friends Building Peace

This article was originally published in Ripples Nigeria, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Of its 60 years of existence as an independent state, Africa’s most populous country, …

Imam Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye: Bringing Peace to Warring Nigerian Communities

This article was originally published in Premium Times, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  For the greater part of May 2, 2004, 40-year-old Amina Abubakar endured nine-month-old pregnancy …

Religious Leadership in the Face of COVID-19: A Multifaith Discussion

In this multifaith discussion, Los Angeles-area religious leaders discuss the challenges—personal and professional—of guiding a community through pandemic. What do the religious spring holidays tell us about this moment? What is the …

Jacques Mourad: The Syrian Catholic Priest Who Stayed

This article was originally published as the cover story of the March 2, 2020 issue of America Magazine, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  It became clear that …

Ismael “Melo” Moreno: A Voice of Opposition in Honduras

This radio documentary was produced by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it on The Spiritual Edge website. Father Ismael Moreno Coto …

Dean Issacharoff: A Former Israeli Soldier Questions His Country and Faith

This radio documentary was produced by KALW’s The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Listen to it on The Spiritual Edge website.   Dean Issacharoff wears …

Ahmed Toufiq: The Quiet Sufi Behinds Morocco’s Islamic Affairs

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  In the cavernous dining room of an artist-friend, Ahmed Toufiq quickly eats a fresh …

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 …