USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Archive

Archive

Far from Being Anti-Religious, Faith and Spirituality Run Deep in Black Lives Matter

This article was originally published on The Conversation, and was written with Ann Gleig. Black Lives Matters (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: Marxist, radical, anti-American. Added to …

Indira Ranamagar: Nepalese Women in Prison Turn to Ama

This article was originally published in Indian Country Today, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Our aunties are the same all over the world. They are the “go to” women …

Julie Coyne: Creating A Community of Care in Highland Guatemala

On any given afternoon, for the last 22 years, Julie Coyne has waited eagerly at the doorway to Education and Hope, green eyes twinkling. Children emerge from the surrounding streets dressed in …

Masue Katayama: Changing Nursing Care Industry in Japan with Kindness

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. YOKOHAMA, Japan (RNS) — In what used to be an elementary school in …

John Lewis: Good Trouble

Inspired by the legacy and work of the late John Lewis, Najuma Smith-Pollard moderates a discussion with Umar Hakim-Dey of ILM Foundation and Salam Al-Marayati of Muslim Public Affairs Council about racial …

KCRW: Ferrag on the Role of Spirituality and Prayer in the Black Lives Matter Movement

Is Black Lives Matter a spiritual movement? In KCRW’s weekly podcast, Life Examined, Jonathan Bastian talked with Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and Professor of Pan-African Studies at …

Chao-hwei Shih: Buddhist Nun Leads Asia’s Fight for Gay Marriage

This article was originally published in Harvard Divinity Bulletin, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  BUDDHIST MASTER THE VENERABLE Chao-hwei Shih beamed at two 30-year-old brides kneeling before her …

RNS: In Togo, a Catholic nun fights COVID-19 for the sake of her AIDS patients

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  (RNS) — “Here, people won’t die from COVID-19 but mostly from its consequences,” said Sister …

RNS: India’s pioneering transgender activist defends gains in pandemic

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  KOLKATA, India (RNS) — Well past midnight one day in late June, Ranjita Sinha, a …

Al and Andi Tauber: How Two Mennonite Musicians Turn Street Ministry Into Song

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. The Protestant Reformation of the …

Pat Murphy and Joann Persch: Two Nuns Determined to Help Detained Immigrants

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’s website. When the phone rang, …

Sameer: Leading the Peaceful Resistance Against Israeli Occupation

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. In the Palestinian town of …

Can America Change?

Amid protests against police brutality, a pandemic and a strained economy, Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, joined several religious leaders to reflect on a …

Justice We Shall Pursue: Building the Beloved Community

CRCC’s Najuma-Smith Pollard joined two other faith leaders, Reverend Mark Whitlock (Reid Temple A.M.E. Church) and Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson (Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles), to discuss the …

The Fight for Black Lives is a Spiritual Movement

This article was originally published in the Berkley Forum as an editorial response to “Religion and Racial Justice: The George Floyd Protests.” A circle of flowers forms a sanctuary honoring the space …

Dornsife Dialogues: The Truth of Being Black in America

What are the ways that the health and lives of some Americans are in jeopardy simply because they’re black? And what can we do to help change that? As part of Dornsife …

JSTOR Daily, RNS, Religion Unplugged: Hebah Farrag on Healing, Spirituality, and Black Lives Matter

How does the Black Lives Matter movement intertwine with healing and spirituality? JSTOR Daily uses CRCC’s Hebah Farrag’s 2018 article “The Spirit in Black Lives Matter: new spiritual community in black radical …

RNS: In Greece, Pandemic Deprives Refugees of Vital Link to Food and Locals

This article was originally published in Religion News Service with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  MORIA REFUGEE CAMP, Lesbos, Greece (RNS) — Like many restaurants around the world, Nikos …

Ashin Issariya: Leading the Charge Against Militant Buddhism

This article was originally published in New Statesman, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  January is the cool, dry season of traveling sermons in Myanmar, where members of …

Voice of America: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Police, Racism and Change

Voice of America interviewed several black pastors, including USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement program manager Najuma Smith-Pollard, on their experiences of racism and thoughts on change in the wake of …