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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 …

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 …

Transforming the American Sangha: Race, Racism and Diversity in North American Insight Meditation

North American Insight Meditation institutions, rooted in the Vipassana tradition of Theravada Buddhism, are often seen as liberal, inclusive multicultural spaces committed to welcoming diverse constituencies into their communities. The research undertaken …

Sister Mary Catherine Redmond: Connection, Compassion and Care in a Bronx COVID-19 Ward

This article was originally published in Global Sisters Report, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  NEW YORK — In the first three months of the pandemic, Sr. Mary Catherine Redmond …

Scott Warren and Emily Saunders: Facing Decades in Prison for Helping Migrants

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. Most religions teach people to …

The Mothers of the Righteous Society: Lay Buddhist Women as Agents of the Sinhala Nationalist Imagery

The following is an excerpt of an article by Nalika Gajaweera published in the Journal of Global Buddhism. Read the full article on globalbuddhism.org. Discussions about the gendered experience of Buddhism, especially …

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 …

Sister Mary Scullion: Fighting to End Homelessness in Philadelphia

This article was originally published in Global Sisters Report, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  PHILADELPHIA — On a recent late summer afternoon, Mercy Sr. Mary Scullion found herself, as she …

COVID-19 Proves To Be a Test of Faith for Believers, Churches and Communities

This USC News article was built off of a source alert “Spirituality in a Pandemic: A Test of Faith for Believers and Organizations.” The source alert has additional perspective from Najuma Smith-Pollard …

PC Magazine: Quraishi on the Possibility of Productive Online Conversations

Are productive online conversations possible? According to Amanda Quraishi, founder and director of the Institute for Digital Civic Culture (IDCC), they’re not only possible, but crucial. PC Magazine interviewed Quraishi on designing …

The Women Sustaining Sufism—and an Activist—in Tunisia

Priyadarshini Sen reported from Tunisia as part of CRCC’s Global Project on Engaged Spirituality. On a hilltop overlooking western Tunis, the whitewashed shrine of Syeda Manouba—a Sufi saint of the 13th century …

Swami Agnivesh: One of His Final Interviews in Caravan Magazine

This interview was originally published in The Caravan, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. It has been edited and condensed. *** On 11 September, Agnivesh, a swami in the Arya …

Marie-Stella Kouak: The Togolese Nun Caring for AIDS Patients Amid COVID-19

This article was originally published in The Guardian, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  Dapaong is a buzzing, multi-religious city, 13 miles south of Togo’s border with Burkina Faso and …

Fatal Intersections of Black Women and the Law: The Case of Breonna Taylor

This article was originally published by the Canopy Forum on the Interactions of Law & Religion. I live in Los Angeles, California, near what seems to me to be one of the …

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 …

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 …

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 …