For many people working on humanitarian causes, spirituality is the force that compels them to be engaged with the world. They may have a ministry to serve the poor or be an activist fighting for human rights. They may be Buddhist, Muslim, Christian or not adhere to any particular tradition. What they share is an engaged spirituality.
From our first project following the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, CRCC’s research and training programs have sought to understand and support faith leaders committed to improving their communities. CRCC continues this work today by studying the lives and work of exemplary people committed to advancing human flourishing across the globe. The following page includes stories of such people, created by CRCC’s researchers and journalist fellows. From the individual stories, CRCC aims to define and establish a field of “spiritual exemplars” and understand how engaged spirituality operates in their lives. This endeavor is supported by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust.
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Above, Maggie Gorban ministers to children in a slum on the outskirts of Cairo.
- AnnouncementNominate a Spiritual ExemplarDo you know someone who is changing the world? Is their work inspiring but not widely known? The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture is launching a global project on spiritual …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Spiritual Exemplars
- FeaturedSpiritual ExemplarsTopics: Engaged Spirituality, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleFachruddin Mangunjaya: Fusing Faith, Education, and EnvironmentalismThis article was originally published in Global Landscapes Forum, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. When Fachruddin Mangunjaya was researching his master’s dissertation in 2006 on attitudes toward …Topics: Asia, Engaged Spirituality, Environment, Muslims and Islam, Spiritual Exemplars
- VideoTuenjai Deetes: Helping the Stateless in Thailand
- ArticleAnton Treuer: The Ojibwe Language WarriorThis article was originally published in Al Jazeera, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Anton Treuer grew up in the Deep North. Just as the Deep South is …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Race and Culture, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleBadr Baabou: LGBTQ Activist in TunisiaThis article was originally published in Religion News Service, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Every month, 39-year-old Badr Baabou visits the whitewashed Sufi shrine of Aisha Al-Manoubya …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, LGBT Issues, Middle East and North Africa, Muslims and Islam, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleEdmund Kaszibuloh Koroma: An Encounter with Sierra Leonean Who Saved 87 Child SoldiersThis article was originally published in Premium Times, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. Edmund Kaszibuloh Koroma, a Sierra Leonean who took the risk of leading 87 former …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Spiritual Exemplars
- AudioDean Issacharoff: A Turncoat in the Israeli Defense ForcesThis podcast was produced in Snap Judgment, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. When Dean Issacharoff was a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, he patrolled the Palestinian …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleMakvala Margoshvili: Preserving Culture in Georgia’s Pankisi ValleyThis article was originally published in Mashallah News, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. “We become a reflection of God, and ask to deserve paradise after death.” Mohamad …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Spiritual Exemplars
- ArticleEdmund Kaszibuloh Koroma: The Savior of Sierra Leone’s Child SoldiersThis article was originally published in TRTWorld, with the support of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality. It is an old story, 19 years old in fact. In 2000, on May 26, …Topics: Engaged Spirituality, Spiritual Exemplars
- CommentaryA Cultural Tipping Point: Reflections of David Brooks’ Two MountainsWe are at a cultural tipping point. Hyper-individualism, postmodern rhetoric that relativizes every truth and narcissistic political posturing exhaust us. More people are dying annually of drug overdoses than in the Vietnam …Topics: Engaged Spirituality,
- AnnouncementJournalist Fellows for the Spiritual Exemplars ProjectTopics: Engaged Spirituality,
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- Hebah FarragAssistant Director of ResearchHebah Farrag manages the center’s research and evaluation projects while engaging in research focused on religion, social change and new spiritualties.
- Donald E. MillerDirector of Strategic InitiativesDonald Miller focuses on global religious trends, genocides of the 20th century, and the role of religious NGOs in addressing issues of moral concern.
- Arpi MillerContributing FellowArpi Miller is a sociologist who studies secular and faith-based immigrant advocacy and accompaniment.