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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 …

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 …

Articles written by USC Dornsife scholars for The Conversation garner more than 10 million reads

By Annie Bang This article was originally published by USC Dornsife. With topics ranging from religion to Botox, readers from around the globe have read the works of Trojan scholars through The Conversation. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

KPCC: Najuma Smith-Pollard on LA Council Members’ Racist Remarks

Faith leaders are among those calling for accountability after the revelations of racist comments in a conversation between some of Los Angeles’ top Latino political leaders. The Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard spoke …

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,” …

Passing on the Kindness: A Conversation on Faith and Social Entrepreneurship

The Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard hosted a conversation with Ida Puliwa, a social entrepreneur and community organizer from Malawi and a “Spiritual Exemplar,” profiled as part of the Center for Religion and …

Rev Murray teaching at USC in 2005

Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray Retires from University of Southern California

The Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray announced his retirement from his second career—as Tansey Professor of Christian Ethics and chair of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement—at the University of …

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 …

Zannah Mustapha: Teaching Boko Haram’s kids

This article was originally published in The Christian Science Monitor, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA — One morning in May, Zina Mustapha stood before her 20 …

RNS: Gajaweera on Buddhism and Sri Lanka’s Recent Protest Movement

Protests that led to Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resignation have raised questions about the role of Buddhism in the country’s politics. Religion News Service interviewed CRCC’s Nalika Gajaweera about the Buddhist …

Fouzia Azizi: Refugee to Refugee, Afghan Resettlement Worker Draws from Faith and Experience

This article was originally published by Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  CONCORD, Calif. (RNS) — Sayed Hashmi, an Afghan citizen, did not want to leave his …