USC Dornsife News wrote about the launching of the $6.9 million Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative.
And now, Donald Miller, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture within USC College, has established the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative (PRCI) funded by a $6.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
The initiative is two-fold and will foster innovative social science research in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union, by providing up to $3.5 million in grants to regional centers and individual scholars. PCRI will also create scholarly resources, including a digital archive, and conduct research on Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity in Los Angeles.
“We are interested in understanding why Pentecostalism is growing so rapidly, what impact it is having on society, and how it is different in various cultural settings,” Miller explained. “Our goal is to inspire research partnerships around the globe and fund projects that will shape the discussion for years to come.”