- CRCC in the NewsThe Diplomat: South Korea’s MegachurchesSouth Korean megachurches are growing and innovating, despite a competitive Korean religious market, reported The Diplomat, in a story about CRCC-sponsored research. Despite many church-related controversies like sex scandals and embezzlement, church …Topics: Asia, Branding and Marketing, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Korea, Megachurches, Religious Affiliation
- CRCC in the NewsKorean Papers Cover Seoul Conference on Religious Competition and Creative InnovationCRCC’s research partners in Seoul, South Korea hosted a conference for the Religious Competition and Creative Innovation project, inviting scholars from around the world to discuss the themes of the project. Korean …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Megachurches, Millennials
- CommentaryReligious Competition and Creative Innovation Around the Globe at Seoul ConferenceCRCC researchers went to Seoul, South Korea for a conference on Religious Competition and Creative Innovation. Seoul serves as a comparison city to Los Angeles for the CRCC project, and the Seoul …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Korea
- ArticleManny Pacquiao, Championship Boxer, Has a New Opponent: Philippine PovertyThis article originally appeared in Christianity Today. It is available in full behind a paywall on their site. A political candidate was recently elected who is a bigger celebrity than Donald Trump, …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Political Attitudes and Values
- CommentarySlimming the Megachurch in Seoul and Los AngelesYoido Full Gospel Church is the world’s largest megachurch. When we visited the Seoul church one weekday morning last fall, I was struck by two things: First the church was full, but …Topics: Asia, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Evangelicals and Evangelicalism, Korea, Megachurches
- CommentaryHow Korea’s “Nones” Differ from Religiously Unaffiliated AmericansLooking at a simple pie chart depicting current patterns of affiliation in Los Angeles and Seoul—the comparison case in CRCC’s Religious Competition and Creative Innovation (RCCI) project—the cities seem remarkably similar. About …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Korea, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation
- Photo GalleryThe Korean Buddhist Version of a MegachurchSeoul isn’t just the megachurch capital of the world; Nungin Sunwon Zen Center is considered a mega-temple, with 100,000 members. Gold #Buddha at Nungin Sunwon #Zen Center in #Seoul, #SouthKorea. #ReligioninSeoul #nunginsunwon …Topics: Asia, Buddhists and Buddhism, Creativity and Innovation, Korea
- CommentaryTraditional and Innovative – How Korean Buddhism Stays RelevantSouth Korea has become most widely known for its rapidly growing Christian population in the recent past, but nearly a quarter of the country’s population identify as Buddhist. (A majority of the …Topics: Asia, Buddhists and Buddhism, Creativity and Innovation, Korea, Transnational
- CommentaryA Crisis of Integrity in Seoul, the Megachurch Capital of the WorldSeoul, South Korea is the “Megachurch Capital of the World.” Not only is Seoul home to the largest known Protestant church in the universe, Yoido Full Gospel Church, the city has more …Topics: Asia, Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Immigration, Korea, Megachurches, Religious Leadership
- CommentaryWhy Terrorists Can’t Win in World’s Largest Muslim CityA few minutes after newswires began to buzz with reports of a terrorist attack in Indonesia, I received a text from a friend at the Los Angeles Times. “My Starbucks in Jakarta …Topics: Asia, Creativity and Innovation, Muslims and Islam, Religious Extremism, Violence
- CRCC in the NewsVOA: Hong Kong Protest Leaders Recall Spiritual Motivation At SSSRCRCC Executive Director Donald Miller moderated a discussion with two of the founders of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, a pro-democracy protest movement that came into being in 2014, at the 2015 Society …Topics: Asia, China, Protests and Uprisings
- CommentaryWhy Do Buddhists Give Money in Sri Lanka, But Not in the U.S.?During visit to observe a Los Angeles-based mindfulness group a few months ago, the teacher asked me to explain to her students the significant role that dana, one of the ten pāramitā …Topics: Asia, Buddhists and Buddhism, Community Organizing, Creativity and Innovation, Economic Inequality, Faith-Based Organizations, Religious Leadership
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