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September 16, 2001: Rev. Murray’s post-9/11 Sermon

In a sermon titled “Above the Madness,” Rev. Cecil Murray of First AME Church (FAME) in Los Angeles admonished his congregation not to partake of the toxic stew of hatred and rage …

Prosperity Gospel Is not the only Problem with Joel Osteen’s Harvey Response

This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. Twitter was outraged Monday. Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, housed in a former basketball arena, looked to be dry and quiet, even as thousands of Houstonians …

OC Register: Orange County Church Finds Higher Purpose with Affordable Housing

The Wesley Village affordable housing project in Garden Grove was recently opened on Garden Grove United Methodist Church’s land. The concept of using church land to host affordable housing has been used …

Faith Community Responds to Racism and Violence in Charlottesville

After white supremacists’ protests in Charlottesville left one dead, many injured and the country grappling with its still prevalent racism, faith leaders have been working to respond with words and action. Rev. Mark …

Trust Talks: A Dialogue on Police and Race in Los Angeles

  Trust Talks is a faith community-led initiative that brings together all sides of the Downtown Los Angeles community—including representatives of Skid Row, condo owners and renters, police, business owners, and activists—in …

Bedrosian Book Club Podcast: Tears We Cannot Stop

The latest episode of the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast addresses the history of racism in America and how Michael Eric Dyson addresses these problems in his newest book, Tears We Cannot Stop. …

Right Wing Watch: Trump’s Dominionist Prayer Warriors and the ‘Prophetic Order of the United States’

POTUS Shield is a group of Pentecostal leaders devoted to helping President Donald Trump bring about the reign of God across the country and world. Many of the “prophets” and “apostles” taking …

Christianity Today: The ‘Prophets’ and ‘Apostles’ Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion

A Christian movement has become one of the fastest-growing faith groups in the country recently, attracting millions of followers with promises of direct access to God. Christianity Today interviewed CRCC Senior Director …

Revisiting the legacy of Jerry Falwell Sr. in Trump’s America

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Recently, President Donald Trump appointed evangelical Christian leader Jerry Falwell Jr. to head the White House education reform task force. Not much is known …

True Colors: Lessons from a Post-Authoritarian State

This article originally appeared on The German Marshall Fund of the United States website, from Brie Loskota’s experience with The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF). I have always pictured Central and Eastern Europe in black …

How to Handle Church Rip-Off Artists – Church Finance Series

This article originally appeared in The Christian Recorder. In bad economic times, churches are the target of professional con artists committed to ripping the church off. Some rip off artists hit 50 …

Media Coverage of L.A. Civil Unrest Anniversary

Having grown out of the 1992 Los Angeles civil Unrest, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement commemorated the 25th anniversary with multiple opportunities …

A Declaration of Interdependence

A nation of nations, our actions in these troubled times must be guided by a notion of notions—let us call it “A Declaration of Interdependence.” We were founded to be a beacon …

May 3, 1992: Rev. Cecil Murray Preaches as the Fires of the L.A. Riots Burn

Over six days in late April and early May 1992, hundreds of fires burned in the heart of Los Angeles. The acquittal of police officers charged with using excessive force against Rodney …

The Kingdom of God and American Exceptionalism

Does America have a special God-given role in the world? In meetings with both evangelical and religiously unaffiliated young adults in Los Angeles, I have seen a shift in the understanding of …

Laundry Love California: A Story Map

How a Christian Movement Is Growing Rapidly in the Midst of Religious Decline

This article was originally published on The Conversation. In August of 2011, more than 30,000 people cheered wildly as the then U.S. presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry – now secretary …

BYU Radio: Richard Flory on Religious “Nones”

An increasing number of Americans do not affiliate with any particular religion. BYU Radio’s Matt Townsend Show recently interviewed CRCC senior director of research and evaluation Richard Flory, about the increase of religious “nones” in …

KPCC’s Take Two: Loskota on America’s Moral Compass after Yiannopoulos’ fall

Milo Yiannopoulos recently lost his invitation to present at a Conservative Political Action Conference, a book deal, and his writer position at Breitbart News after a remark that seemed to rationalize pedophilia. …

A Religious Test No One Can Pass

We are seeing a rise of government policy predicated on religious illiteracy and religious bigotry. Executive orders are being formed to target Muslims, and border procedures assessing acceptable and unacceptable religious belief …