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Huda Abu Arqoub: Building the Land Her Grandfather Knew

Peacebuilder Huda Abu Arqoub has a spiritual vision for Israel/Palestine rooted in the past. A truly holy land, she says, is one in which all can live together. When Huda Abu Arqoub …

Ten Characteristics of Thriving Communities of Faith

Even as religious affiliation continues to decline, CRCC’s research on religious creativity and innovation has found groups that are thriving across religious traditions. While not necessarily large (though some are), these groups …

Holistic Resilience: Why Some Spiritual Exemplars Question Suffering as a Path to Resilience

When CRCC’s “Spiritual Exemplars Project” team was invited to present about “resilience,” it was easy to think of many examples within our sample of 100+ spiritually engaged humanitarians who had endured and …

Dr. Nikia S. Robert: The Birth Of The Abolitionist Sanctuary

This article was originally published on The Christian Recorder, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  On a late spring Sunday in May, the Rev. Dr. Nikia S. Robert, an …

Student Reflection: Curating Religion: Pluralistically, Singularly, or Not At All?

By Caris White Caris White is a student at Dartmouth College studying religion and art history. The following blog post was an independent project she worked on during a summer internship with …

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 …

Sister Teresa Forcades: Meet a Catholic Nun Who Smashes the ‘Pro-life’ Patriarchy

This article was originally published on Smashboard, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  “All women should have the ‘morning-after’ pill in their purses”. It’s a compelling statement, especially since …

Eboo Patel: Leading Interfaith America Into The New Era Of Religious Diversity

This article was originally published by Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  CHICAGO — By his own telling, as a young man Eboo Patel was something of a …

Thriving Congregations Conversation with Mark Labberton

Fuller Seminary President Mark Labberton provides insights on developing ministries that address the needs and realities of the world, while cultivating an intentional awareness of God’s work and leading with openness, humility …

Conflict and Congregations: How Churches Respond to Politics and the Pandemic

As the 2022 midterm elections approach, little can be predicted—except, perhaps, that they will further cement the deep divides in our country. Those divides often extend into religious congregations. CRCC is a …

Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur: Musing on Mortality from a French Feminist Rabbi

This article was originally published by the New York Times, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur thinks a lot about death. In years past, she would typically …

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 …

Finding Accountability and a Moral Agenda After Revelations of Racism in City Hall

Politicians are elected to represent all of their constituents, not just those who voted for or supported them. They should be fair-minded and not traffic in exclusionary or discriminatory practices, or promote …

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 …

Caroline Bundy: Finding Grace for Homeless Youth and LGBTQ+ in Alabama

This article was originally published by Alabama Political Reporter, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Alabama’s governor recently signed a pair of bills—one criminalizing gender-affirming care for transgender youth and …

Teresa Forcades: A Catholic Nun who Complicates the Abortion Conversation

This article was originally published by The Independent, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  It’s time to reimagine the debate around abortion. We are trapped in the tyranny of …

Ruth Messinger: The New York City Politician’s Long Second Act Honors ‘an Obligation to Respond’

This article was originally published by Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  (RNS) — New Yorkers of a certain age remember Ruth Messinger as a city …