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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 …

Building Back Better: A Multi-faith Town Hall with Rep. Adam Schiff

As we work towards coronavirus recovery, communities across America are beginning to envision what it could look like to not just return to the way things were, but to build back better. …

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 …

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 …

Faith & Politics: Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement’s hosts a conversation with two of its alumni about how they are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring: Dr. Michael Fisher, Greater Zion Church …

LA Times: CRCC on the Impact of Covid-19 on Religious Groups

Mosques generally raise a significant portion of their funds during Ramadan. But due to Covid-19, people are not coming in to pray and break fast together. The LA Times interviewed Brie Loskota on …

Church in the Wake of COVID-19: Helpful Info & Tips for Congregations

In the wake of COVID-19, the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement has compiled an infographic with helpful facts and tips for congregations with information from the Center for Disease Control …

A nascent #ChurchToo movement could improve gender equality in the black church

This article was originally published by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.  By Susan Bell The first advice the Reverend Najuma Smith-Pollard gives male pastors is not to use …

Census 2020: Facts, Fictions and Faith

What is the census? The census is a counting of all residents in the United States. Our constitution mandates that we do a census every 10 years, and that it be used …

National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Religious Literacy Primer 2019

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement created this religious literacy primer for the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), in an effort to help members of the organization engage …

Community Connection: Najuma Smith-Pollard on #MeToo in the Black Church

The USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement organized a meeting of women leaders in the Black Church about #MeToo this fall, prompting an article in the L.A. Times. Following the article, …

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 …

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. …

As King Encouraged, America Must Face Her Flaws

This post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel. In Dr. Martin Luther King’s posthumously published essay, “A Testament of Hope,” he wrote, “It is forcing America to face all its interrelated …

KPCC Take Two: Najuma Smith-Pollard on Atonement

A StoryCorps confession from an 94-year-old white man about steeling $2 from his African American maid has led to a wider conversation about race, guilt, forgiveness and atonement. KPCC’s Take Two asked …

L.A. Sentinel: Faith Leaders Urge Thankfulness

The Los Angeles Sentinel asked Southern California faith leaders to share what they’re thankful for during a year that has been particularly hard on communities of color. The article quoted both the …