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A nascent #ChurchToo movement could improve gender equality in the black church

This article was originally published by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.  By Susan Bell The first advice the Reverend Najuma Smith-Pollard gives male pastors is not to use …

KCRW: Brie Loskota on the United Methodists, Young People and Religion

With the United Methodist Church facing a possible schism over gay clergy and marriage, KCRW asked CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota to explain the divisions around LGBT rights in religious communities, and …

Arab News: Miller on Remembering the Armenian Genocide

April 24, 1915 marked the beginning of the brutal Armenian Genocide where up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire. Now over a century later, the Turkish government continues …

National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Religious Literacy Primer 2019

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement created this religious literacy primer for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), in an effort to help members of the organization engage …

The Rwanda Library

The Rwanda Library is a collection of 100 videotaped interviews with orphans and widows who survived the Rwandan Genocide. CRCC’s co-founder Donald E. Miller and his wife, Lorna, conducted these interviews over …

Countering Pessimism and Despair: An Encounter with Two Spiritual Exemplars

As we enter 2019, two emotions seem to be dominant: political pessimism and personal anxiety. These feelings are rooted in the dysfunctions of government and economic instability, both of which are legitimate …

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Denis Mukwege Keeps the Faith in the Face of Violence

I had the privilege of interviewing 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Doctor Denis Mukwege in 2017 in the small country of Armenia, where he was a finalist for the Aurora Prize—a $1 …

Medicine, Masculinity and Marketing: Trends to Watch in Religion in 2019

In the past year, we have seen our 2018 trends to watch come to fruition with stories of the supernatural, trust in institutions, activist healers, faith-based political organizing and women stepping up …

Community Connection: Najuma Smith-Pollard on #MeToo in the Black Church

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement organized a meeting of women leaders in the Black Church about #MeToo this fall, prompting an article in the L.A. Times. Following the article, …

Pacific Standard: Flory on Evangelical support for Trump

The Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies have revealed a split among Christians, with some providing sanctuary to immigrants in danger of deportation and others maintaining their support of the president. Pacific Standard quoted …

OC Register/LA Sentinel: Whitlock Fasting to End Gun Violence

Mark Whitlock, executive director of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, has committed to a 73-day fast to end gun violence. The Orange County Register and the L.A. Sentinel detailed …

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 Influence of Archbishop Oscar Romero

In this video CRCC’s archives, visit the church where Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated, with guide Richard L. Wood, associate professor of sociology at University of New Mexico. Romero was canonized as …

African American Muslims and the LAPD: Moving from Stories to Solutions

This article originally appeared in BOOM California. “We don’t want to walk into a kumbaya situation,” said Umar Hakim. The sixteen men and women gathered around a conference table in Inglewood simultaneously …

LA Times: Murray Center Gathers Women for Discussion of #MeToo in Black Church

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement convened a group of prominent women to discuss sexual harassment in the Black Church. The Los Angeles Times covered the #MeToo-inspired gathering, organized by …

Sexual Assault During Hajj: Will #MosqueMeToo Lead to Reforms in Mecca?

In February of 2018, inspired by the #MeToo movement, Muslim women took to social media to describe sexual harassment and assault in the holiest shrines of the Islamic faith: the Kaabah in …

LAist: Loskota on Congregations Addressing Homelessness

A Los Angeles-area non-profit has been unsuccessful in opening congregations’ parking lots to people living out of their cars, reports KPCC/LAist. CRCC Executive Director Brie Loskota told KPCC that the expectations on …

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 …

Faith and the #MeToo Movement

KPCC, in partnership with the USC Annenberg Knight Program in Media and Religion, hosted a panel discussion on faith communities and the #MeToo movement that included CRCC’s executive director Brie Loskota and …

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 …