Cecil Murray Twice Tested by Fire

The Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray

The Rev. Cecil "Chip" Murray

Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray is John R. Tansey Chair of Christian Ethics at the School of Religion, University of Southern California and a senior fellow at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He has lectured and served as adjunct professor at Iliff University, Seattle University, Claremont School of Theology, Fuller Seminary and Northwest Theological Seminary.

From 1977 to 2004, Dr. Murray was pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal, the oldest Black church in Los Angeles. During that time, he led the church’s growth from 300 active members to more than 17,000, with multi-million dollar programs that have brought jobs, housing, social services and community development to many South Los Angeles neighborhoods.

Dr. Murray holds a doctorate in religion from the School of Theology at Claremont and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Hebrew Union College. He served 10 years of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, receiving the Soldier’s Medal of Valor in 1958.

The Rev. Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray in conversation with the Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. The Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, in collaboration with The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out  present “Twice Tested by Fire”: A Conversation with Cecil “Chip” Murray, a book-launch marking the twentieth anniversary of the civil unrest that ignited Los Angeles, leaving it in flames and changed forever.

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