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- EventReimagining Religion Conference Program and Livestream – Feb. 9, 2017Scroll below to watch the livestream (times of panels noted on conference schedule) February 9, 2017 University of Southern California Preview: Increasingly, Americans are choosing not to identify with a particular religious …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Meditation and Prayer, Political Attitudes and Values, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Southern California
- CRCC in the NewsKPCC Take Two: Brie Loskota on Making Sense of TragedyWith vigils being held throughout the country after the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, KPCC asked Brie Loskota to address the urge to come together after national tragedies. Here are a …Topics: Meditation and Prayer, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Violence
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- CommentaryReligious, Spiritual and “None of the Above”: How Did Mindfulness Get So Big?This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. The ever-growing popularity of mindfulness—from corporate boardrooms to inner-city schools—has finally made my academic interest a conversation-starter at dinner parties. “Ah, the Buddha was talking about cognitive …Topics: Buddhists and Buddhism, Creativity and Innovation, Meditation and Prayer
- CommentaryCelebrating Christmas in an Age of Religious ExtremismThis article was originally published on The Conversation. From the recent attack on Planned Parenthood to the shooting in San Bernardino, extremists of all stripes are revealing the ugly side of religion. …Topics: Creativity and Innovation, Meditation and Prayer, Millennials, Religious "Nones", Religious Affiliation, Religious Beliefs and Rituals, Religious Extremism
- CRCC in the NewsWhat’s the Role of Prayer After Mass Shootings?A mass shooting in San Bernardino, California has sparked a debate about the appropriateness of prayer after such incidents. CRCC Managing Director Brie Loskota commented on the debate on KPCC’s Take Two. …Topics: Disaster Response, Meditation and Prayer, Religious Leadership, Violence
- ArticlePraying for Rain in CaliforniaThis piece originally appeared in the Yale ISM Review. “As an American Indian, all my life I have been cursed with the myth of the ‘Indian rain dance,’” Johnny P. Flynn wrote …Topics: Catholics and Catholicism, Christians and Christianity, Environment, Jews and Judaism, Meditation and Prayer, Muslims and Islam, Southern California
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