Seattle University Lecture & Discussions

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent visit to Seattle University at the invitation of SU's Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. My invited lecture, "Scandal, Structure, & Renewal: Sociological Perspectives on Change in the Catholic Church" focused on how institutions shape the lived experience of faith, and the limits of grassroots efforts to enact meaningful structural …

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Pre-order my newest book, American Parishes!

The page proofs are in and the presses are underway...ready your bookshelves for my new coedited volume, American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism! This book is the product of the multi-year "American Parish Project" I co-led with Gary Adler and Brian Starks. The book contains a stellar group of contributors and an ambitious agenda for the …

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Heartbreak and Reminders from the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire

Thanks to WBIR-Knoxville for the opportunity to join tonight's 5pm newscast to think through the social impact of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Churches are carriers of culture and connective threads to our past. As many around the globe mourn the damage, this moment is a reminder of sacred spaces in our own communities that …

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