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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 …

Transitions: New Spiritual Community in Black Radical Organizing

Competing voices within spiritual groups help to create boundaries of belonging within and beyond the group by articulating notions of identity and meaning that are based in history, myth and gender, among …

The Poor People’s Campaign: Learning from the Global Fight Against Structural Poverty

Last fall, I attended a high-energy mass meeting for the new Poor People’s Campaign. Part of a 15-state tour, the Los Angeles event rallied a racially mixed and enthusiastic crowd from the …

The Cosby Case at Church: Why Pastors Should Address Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby is back in court this week. This time, in Pittsburgh, his sexual assault case is framed against the backdrop of #MeToo, the movement raising awareness of sexual harassment, and #ChurchToo. …

The OC Register: Reverend Cecil Murray on the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 2018 marks the 50 year anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. Cecil L. Murray, a faith-based leader and chair of the USC Cecil Murray Center for …

When a Pastor Shows Up at a Black Lives Matter Protest

I posted a question on Facebook at the beginning of 2018: “What ever happened to Black Lives Matter?” The question wasn’t prompted by animosity, despite the disagreements between clergy and BLM. To …

The Black Church and Black Lives Matter – Faith Leaders Institute

Roslyn Satchel is an AME minister and part of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles. She spoke at the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s 2018 Faith Leaders Institute retreat about why she …

Preacher, Save Yourself – America’s Gun Massacres Erode Its Credibility

The following opinion piece is by Wanjiru M. Gitau, a visiting scholar at CRCC originally from Kenya. The frequency of mass shootings in the U.S. exacts a toll that reaches far beyond …

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 2018: New Stories, New Communities

Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities was a conference hosted at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism by the Knight Program for Media and Religion, along with Religion Communicators …

USA Today: Brie Loskota on Her Late-Term Abortion Struggle

Brie Loskota published a personal OpEd on her first pregnancy with USA Today. The views expressed in the OpEd are her own: My first pregnancy happened easily as my husband was finishing …

The Nation: Loskota on Bridging the Gap between Progressive and Conservative Women

Since the 2016 election, progressive commenters have wondered why a majority of white women voters voted for Donald Trump as president. The Nation published an article about not only what motivates white …