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Spiritual Protest: The Role of Faith in the Fight for Racial Justice

Hebah Farrag, assistant director of research at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, discusses the intersection of religion and Black Lives Matter. Panelists: Kim Jackson, entrepreneur, co-owner “We Be Grubbin” …

Sarah James: Fighting for What’s Sacred in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

This article was originally published in The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  For most of her life, Neets’aii Gwich’in leader Sarah James has worked to protect her homelands, including …

IBT: Loskota on Millennial Anxiety Amid the Pandemic

The ongoing pandemic has caused young people to lose hope. A survey  of 2,000 youths, for example, found that 40 percent of 16- to 25-year-olds now feel that their goals for the …

How Covid-19 and the Fight Against Big Oil is Reviving One Alaskan People’s Spiritual Traditions

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  ARCTIC VILLAGE, Alaska — Arriving home on one of the last regular flights before pandemic …

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 …

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 …

Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults

Back-Pocket God: Religion and Spirituality in the Lives of Emerging Adults By Melinda Lundquist Denton & Richard Flory (Oxford University Press, 2020) More than a decade ago, a group of researchers began …

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 …

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 …

Religion News Service: As Americans Disengage From Religion, A California Institution Encourages Questioning

Against the backdrop of decreasing religiosity in America, the Krikshnamurti Foundation of America (KFA) finds a growing following that encourages members to question and reach their own conclusions about their faith. Religion …

Larry King Now: Richard Flory on the Future of Faith in America

Despite the fact that the United States remains the most religious first world country in the world, religiosity is on the decline among Americans under 40. Joining a panel of faith leaders, …

Holy Listening Connects Young Adults to Churches

This post, co-authored by Dori Baker, originally appeared on Faith & Leadership. Multicolored Post-it notes dot the walls of the seminary classroom. Here, in a pop-up design thinking lab, people are buzzing …

The Hill: Richard Flory on the Religious Right’s Criticism of Trump’s Immigration Policies

The controversy over child separation at the southern border is forcing many conservative Christian leaders to be more critical of Donald Trump than they have in the past. Though some believe this …

LA-Times Op-Ed: The Leaner, and Arguably Meaner, Evangelical Church

This Op-Ed originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on May 31, 2018. Franklin Graham, the evangelical preacher and son of Billy Graham, is in the midst of a 10-city tour of …

The Aspen Institute: Loskota on Tackling Hate Through Interfaith Initiatives

Bridging faith communities is essential to combat violence against minorities and create partnerships to tackle the challenges that face society. The Aspen Institute interviewed CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota for a podcast …

Religion on the Move in Los Feliz

The current era of religious flux in the United States is often depicted  through photographs of empty pews in mainline Protestant churches during a typical Sunday service. But the ongoing evolutions in American religious culture are …

NBC: Richard Flory on Bringing Environmentalism to Evangelicals

White evangelicals have often dismiss climate change as a critical issue, but NBC News reports that some pastors and environmentalists in the community are hoping to re-contextualize the issue and help evangelicals …

83.9 KPCC: Mark Whitlock on LA’s Korean Christian Community Seeking Social Impact

Korean Americans make up a large portion of Los Angeles’ population, and many of them identify as Christian. However, Korean churches do not have the same reputation for impacting the community in …

Reimagining Religion Conference: The Future of Religion in Los Angeles

What does the future of religion in the United States look like? Even as religious affiliation declines, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture finds signs of innovation and vitality in …

How a Growing Christian Movement is Seeking to Change America

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Last week, from Oct. 6 to 9, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was filled with tents, worship music and prayer for the “Awaken …