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LA Times: Why Are Christian Groups Allowed To Discriminate? Power and Privilege

The Los Angeles Times published the below letter to the editor from CRCC’s Richard Flory: To the editor: Op-ed article writers Rachel S. Mikva, Corey D.B. Walker and Reza Aslan are rightly …

#BuddhistCultureWars: Buddhabros, Alt-Right Dharma, and Snowflake Sanghas

This article appeared in the Journal of Global Buddhism Vol 22, No 1 (2021) and was co-authored by Ann Gleig and Brenna Artinger. Abstract While often associated with a liberal demographic, the …

Showing Up! Female Faith Leadership in the COVID-19 Pandemic

This post was originally published on the Berkley Forum, as part of a series on Gender, Religion and COVID-19. As a female pastor and community faith leader, I found myself called to …

Voices of Women and People of Color Must Be Part of Catholic Social Teaching Discussion

This article was originally published in the National Catholic Reporter. In a recent essay, Francis X. Rocca of the Wall Street Journal argued that Catholic social teaching presents a framework for uniting America, noting …

White Christian nationalism and the next wave of political violence

This article was originally published by The Hill. There was a brief period when Republicans appeared to reject Trumpism. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) condemned the insurrectionists as “terrorists, not patriots,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the seditionists were …

Nica Aquino: Searching for Home

Ironically, hope for the Kalinga way of life may be found far from Lubuagan and the Chico River, in the outposts of the Filipino diaspora. For example, one of Cirilo “Sapi” Bawer’s …

Sapi’s Struggle: Indigenous Resistance to Cultural Assimilation in the Philippines

This article was published with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. The buoyant chatter of children drifted down from a wooded ridge as we pulled up to the teaching …

Predictions 2021: An Uphill Struggle

As we do around this time each new year, we at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) are going to make some predictions for 2021. Even though the world …

Spiritual Leadership in Myanmar

I visited Yangon for the first time in January 2020, and from the airport tarmac into its downtown, the city had been signposted with billboards of Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s face. She …

Azza Karam: The Role Of Women In Faith And Diplomacy

This article was originally published in Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  LINDAU— Azza Karam was just about to step up to the podium at the Inselhalle in …

Sunita Viswanath: A New Kind of Allyship with Black Lives Matter

This article was originally published in The Juggernaut, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  When restaurant owner Ruhel Islam said “let my building burn” last month in Minneapolis, he instantly …

Social Justice and Thriving Congregations

The recent protests and marches for civil rights, police reform and social justice inevitably implicate churches and other religious institutions. What is the relationship between seeking social justice and developing a thriving …

Jerry Falwell Jr. will leave behind a very different legacy from his influential father

This article was originally published by The Conversation. Jerry Falwell Jr., son and namesake of the founder of the evangelical Moral Majority movement, has resigned as president of Liberty University. The resignation …

Newsweek: Flory on Trump’s Waning White Evangelical Support

Donald Trump’s approval rate among white evangelicals has slipped since the onset of the pandemic in March. What does this signify for Trump’s re-election campaign? In an article about the 2020 Republican …

Virtual Town Hall: Najuma Smith-Pollard, Congressman Adam Schiff, and Faith Leaders on the “Quadruple-threat Crises”

Los Angeles-area faith leaders joined Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for a Zoom town hall. Moderated by Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, the interfaith leaders …

Critical Conversations on Activism, Online and Off

With so many Americans across the country seeking to get their voices heard both in the streets and on social media this week, CRCC is hosting a conversation about what it means …

The Roaring 20s: Religion Trends to Watch in 2020 and the Next Decade 

The 1920s was a decade of change, and we see the 2020s as reminiscent of the cultural flux of that period. When people think of the 1920s, many imagine a golden era …

KPCC: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Same-Sex Marriage and the Black Church

In 2008, a majority of Black voters helped ban same-sex marriage in California. KPCC talked to Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, about whether attitudes …

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 …