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Focus Minnesota: One State, Twin Cities, Multiple Perspectives – An Interfaith Funders’ Report

While there was national attention on Minnesota during the past electoral season, it wasn’t just the Republican National Convention hubbub or the post-Senate race vote counting that caught our attention. The more …

Renewing Congregations: The Contribution of Faith-Based Community Organizing

At St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in McAllen,Texas, Lupita Mendiola and fellow lay leaders have, with support from pastor Fr. Bart Flaat, grown a struggling congregation into a thriving church that …

Good for the Soul Good for the Whole: Faith-Based Community Organizing and the Renewal of Congregations

Hope in turbulent times We live in a time of enormous cultural change. No one knows this better than America’s faith communities. Many congregations today find themselves struggling with decreasing membership and …

Faith and Public Life: Faith-Based Community Organizing and the Development of Congregations

By Mary Ann Ford Flaherty and Richard L. Wood The Congregational Development Research Study (CDRS) examines the impact of faith-based community organizing on organizational development in its primary institutional sponsors—religious congregations. That …

Building Bridges, Building Power: Developments in Institution-Based Community Organizing

By Richard L. Wood (University of New Mexico), Brad Fulton (Duke University) and Kathryn Partridge (Interfaith Funders) Community organizing in America is alive and well and being vigorously practiced in the version …

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 Brookings Institution: Loskota on Recommendations for the Next Administration

Brie Loskota was quoted in “A Time to Heal, A Time to Build,” a report from The Brookings Institution. The report offers recommendations how the executive branch should approach issues related to …

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 …

New App Equips Disaster Responders to Better Help Religious Americans

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented hurricane and wildfire seasons, a new app will help first responders, disaster response professionals and voluntary organizations better serve America’s diverse religious communities …

Sarah James: Fighting for What’s Sacred in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

This article was originally published in The Spiritual Edge, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality.  For most of her life, Neets’aii Gwich’in leader Sarah James has worked to protect her homelands, including …

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 …

Politics, Divisions, Elections and Thriving Congregations

We often hear that politics and religion should never be broached in polite conversation. We beg to differ, and instead believe that both politics and religion tell us much about our personal …

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 …

IBT: Loskota on Millennial Anxiety Amid the Pandemic

The ongoing pandemic has caused young people to lose hope. A survey  of 2,000 youths, for example, found that 40 percent of 16- to 25-year-olds now feel that their goals for the …

It Takes a Community and Resources to Become an Exemplar

I had the chance to meet with two exceptional women for the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture’s global project on engaged spirituality: Makvala Margoshvili and Marie Stella Kouak. They were …

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 …

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 …

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 …