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Financial Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant economic impact on many individuals and families. The USC Cecil Murray Center is offering “Financial Empowerment Through A Crisis” webinars through faith communities throughout Los …

Saving Lives Through Effective Community Engagement

Community Response System of South Los Angeles (CRSSLA), a preparedness and response cooperative between community-based organizations, churches, educational institutions in South Los Angeles, hosted a virtual meeting on effective community engagement amid …

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 …

RNS: Indian Priest Warner D’Souza Makes The Kitchen His Pulpit Amidst the Pandemic

This article was originally published in Religion News Service with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. MUMBAI, India (RNS) — From his kitchen in a suburb of North Mumbai, 50-year-old Catholic …

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 …

The Catholic Spirit: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Floyd’s Death and Protests

Catholic News Service (published in Crux, The Catholic Spirit, and News Break) spotlights Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs webinar, co-sponsored with CRCC. In the webinar, faith leaders, …

Virtual Town Hall: Najuma Smith-Pollard, Congressman Adam Schiff, and Faith Leaders on the “Quadruple-threat Crises”

Los Angeles-area faith leaders joined Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) for a Zoom town hall. Moderated by Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, the interfaith leaders …

A Prayer for Mothers at George Floyd Memorial

During George Floyd’s memorial, Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, led a prayer for mothers. The following is a transcript of the prayer: God in …

Religious Responsibilities in Confronting Police Brutality

June 10, 2020 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT Location: Online Zoom Webinar Throughout the United States and in cities across the world thousands have joined protests over the murder of George …

Say Their Names: Honoring Black Lives – USC Vigil

In the spirit of solidarity and support, USC hosted an online university vigil honoring the lives of those who have died as the result of systemic anti-Black racism and police brutality in …

KCET on Rev. Cecil ‘Chip’ Murray: The Reverend Who Led the Rebuilding of South L.A. After the 1992 Riots

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, the United States has been gripped by fury over the nation’s persistent racism and police brutality. The unrest is reminiscent of the 1992 Los Angeles …

NBCLA’s Virtual Town Hall: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Fighting for Real Reform and Solutions Against Racism

Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, program manager for the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement, participated as a panelist for NBCLA’s Virtual Town Hall, “The Time is Now: Rooting Out Racism.” The conversation …

Critical Conversations on Activism, Online and Off

With so many Americans across the country seeking to get their voices heard both in the streets and on social media this week, CRCC is hosting a conversation about what it means …

Stand in Power, Speak in Power, Live in Power: Smith-Pollard on the Death of George Floyd

Najuma Smith-Pollard shared the following remarks at a press conference with the mayor of Los Angeles about the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the protests and civil unrest in …

Religion News Service: Richard Flory on Young Adults Leaving Religion

Young adults are leaving organized religion in high numbers. Religion News Service spoke with co-authors Melinda Lundquist Denton and CRCC’s Richard Flory on the findings in their new book about the changing …

Six Principles for Engaging Faith Communities

Partnerships with community groups strengthens governmental response to critical social issue, from homelessness to disaster response. Public agencies often turn to faith leaders to support their initiatives, and yet doing so often …

Ten Tips for Government Engagement with Religious Communities

Religious organizations can be essential partners in creating positive change in their communities. Governmental agencies often work with faith leaders because they are influential and well-connected to the people they serve. Their …

Jean Gakwandi: Rwanda Ministry Brings Genocide Survivors Hope

This article was originally published in Christianity Today, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  It was raining ferociously, causing the women and orphans to move away from the …