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Munther Isaac: What Would Jesus Do at an Israeli Military Checkpoint?

This article was originally published by Religion Unplugged, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. BETHLEHEM— In the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church in Bethlehem, a stained glass window depicting …

Taizé: A Musical Monastic Community, Formed in Response to a Global Crisis, Faces New Ones

This article was originally published by America Magazine, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. “Iedere nacht verlang ik naar u, o God” (My spirit yearns for you in the …

CBS2 and Spectrum News 1: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Martin Luther King Day Jr.

CRCC’s Najuma Smith-Pollard was featured on CBS2 and Spectrum News 1’s “In Focus SoCal” to talk about how Los Angeles communities are continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaking …

Pandemic Year 3 Predictions: Adjusting to New “Normals” in 2022

Since 2016, CRCC has shared the trends in religion and society that we see shaping the coming year. What started as light-hearted predictions has grown more ominous over the years. Anybody surprised …

Alissa Wahid: A Legacy of Transformation in Indonesia

This article was originally published by the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Inheriting a father’s legacy is never easy — especially when that father …

5 Ways for Faith Communities To Support COVID-19 Vaccine Access Locally and Globally

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with the Delta variant sweeping across the globe, the need for a timely and coordinated vaccine response is urgent. Faith communities and their leaders are an important …

An Interfaith Dialogue on the Crisis Care Needs of Faith Communities

Faith leaders share about the behavioral health crises affecting diverse faith communities and the critical role they play as a support system during times of crisis. This panel was a part of …

The End (of Lockdown) is Near: Opening Houses of Worship in a Time of Uncertainty

I had just announced our church’s plans to resume in-person worship when someone called and told me they had contracted COVID-19. Immediately, I second-guessed the decision to reopen our worship building for …

CBS2: Smith-Pollard on MLK’s impact in Los Angeles

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. found both support and opposition in Los Angeles. Najuma Smith-Pollard of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement spoke with CBS-LA about the legacy of …

In Wake of Chauvin Trial, What Can Faith Leaders Learn From the Rodney King LA Civil Unrest?

This article was originally published in Religion News Service and The Washington Post. As the U.S. reacts to the guilty verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, many are wary of violence …

Religion in Los Angeles: Religious Activism, Innovation and Diversity in the Global City

Religion in Los Angeles: Religious Activism, Innovation and Diversity in the Global City Edited by Richard Flory and Diane Winston (Routledge, 2021) Why has Los Angeles been a hotspot for religious activism, …

Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray: A Life of Faith and Service

Rev. Dr. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray served for 27 years as pastor of the historic First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME) in Los Angeles and guided Angelenos through the trauma of and …

Rev. Anand Mathew: A Catholic Priest Takes on Interfaith Fight Against COVID-19 in India

This article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  VARANASI, India — Wearing a lilac tunic with a coarse cotton towel around his neck, …

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 …

Celebrating Thich Nhat Hanh’s Influence on his 94th Birthday

Thich Nhat Hanh’s 94th birthday—or continuation day—is Oct 11. In honor of the day, Plum Village monastics asked his friends and students to share short reflections on how Thay, as his followers …

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 …

COVID-19: The Essential Problem with State-Faith Relations

This article was originally published in The Hill. A Los Angeles-area church is the latest to make national headlines by defying public health orders and gathering in-person as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Grace …

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 …

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 …