My recent book visit to beautiful Santa Barbara, California was co-sponsored by the Walter Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, the Department of Religious Studies of the University of California Santa Barbara, Catholic Studies of the University of California Santa Barbara, and Voice of the Faithful Santa Barbara.
The visit began with a wonderful conversation over dinner at the Beachside Bar-Cafe. Pictured with me below are UCSB Professors Wade Clark Roof, Mario Garcia, and Ann Taves, and Santa Barbara VOTF members Tom and Anne Heck, Marie Foley, and Harriett.
The room for my book talk at UCSB was filled to capacity – standing room only. Great interest and questions came from undergrad and graduate students, UCSB faculty, VOTF participants, and other community members.
My guest visit in Professor Ann Taves’ “Roman Catholicism Today” class the next morning brought good discussion around who joins (or doesn’t join) a social movement, along with the unique character that accompanies a religious social movement.
Finally, it was great to get feedback and discuss the implications of my study among a potluck gathering of VOTF Santa Barbara members, whose experiences and stories helped to inform Faithful Revolution.