Here comes a 2-for-1 post.
1) I had a great time at my alma mater at the Jesuit School of Theology last Thursday. I had a very good meeting with the new GTU president, Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, to hear the projects the GTU is moving forward with. I also got to meet with a first-year doctoral student; look for Porsia’s work on sociology of Catholicism soon! Later that evening I had a beautiful experience at the liturgy remembering the lives of the four American churchwomen. Then I presented, to new and old friends, on studying and ministering to young adult Catholics. The following day I took the train to the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference and got to give two presentations on my book. Thanks for sponsoring me for this, Paulist Press!
2) If you are a fan of podcasts, NCR just finished a great series on Jewish perspectives of Catholicism. I was included as a sort of capstone of this, weighing in on what an outsider’s perspective can offer, as well as some concluding thoughts on polarization among U.S. Catholics. My interview begins at 25:20.
I appeared with my colleague, Dr. Joe Chinnici, and Fr. Dan Lackie in a recent article by Dan Morris Young entitled “Polarization in the Pews” in St. Anthony’s Messenger. Chinnici is a Franciscan and a historian and Lackie is a Franciscan author and retreat master. A well-written piece and very pertinent for today (and, as Joe points out, perpetually).
I am very excited to be giving two talks inspired by my edited collection on young adult Catholics this week. The first will be a Thursday evening lecture, open to the public, at my alma mater: the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. The second talk will be more formal (no pizza and beer here!) at the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference.
The book is selling well! Amazon has just ran out of it and (I think) this is what led to its reappearance on Paulist Press’ bestsellers list. I’m so glad to know people are finding it useful and are spreading the word!
Many thanks to Soli Salgado and Maria Benevento for their well-researched article “Culture plays role in US Hispanics’ muted response to abuse crisis” in the National Catholic Reporter. The authors interviewed a substantial range of people: academics (including me), magisterial and pastoral leaders. A great read for everyone, and a must read for those in Latino ministry.
As you are considering which candidate you’ll be casting your vote for, take a second to read “Latinos could transform faith’s role in US politics” by Maria Benevento of the National Catholic Reporter. In it she discusses her interview with me and others, helping us to better understand the significance of the Latino vote today.
If you want to know a bit more on the details of the Latino and white vote in light of the 2016 election, please see my guest post, “Understanding the Catholic Vote: White and Hispanic Catholics in 2016,” on Catholic Moral Theology.