TV coverage of my ongoing research on “church conversions”

Thanks to Knoxville's WBIR news station for drawing attention to one of my current book projects: an exploration of buildings that go from religious use (i.e. "church") into other purposes. I've colloquially called these "church conversions," recognizing that (1) most (though not all) of the adaptive reuse of houses of worship are impacting buildings once …

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Parish and Place wins first place book award from the Catholic Press Association (“Immigration” category)

Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church has been awarded First Place in the 2018 Catholic Press Association Book Awards ("Immigration" Category)! IMMIGRATION First Place Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church by Tricia Colleen Bruce, Oxford University Press While placed in the area of immigration, …

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“Encountering Christ in Harmony: A Pastoral Response to Our Asian and Pacific Island Brothers and Sisters”

In 2014, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned me to lead a national study of Asian and Pacific Island (API) American Catholics. Together with sociologists Jerry Park and Stephen Cherry, we conducted a national, mixed-methods study (survey, focus groups, interviews, field observation, and secondary data analysis) resulting in multiple reports/presentations to the …

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Though Many, One: Overcoming Polarization Through Catholic Social Thought

The Catholic Church is among the largest and most diverse institutions in the USA. Progress toward overcoming polarization in the Church is progress toward overcoming polarization in the nation. Georgetown University's Institute for Catholic Social Thought and Public Thought recently brought together an impressive gathering of leaders across various sectors of the Church to dialogue, …

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My Panel Presentation at the 10th Anniversary of the Centre for Catholic Studies @ Durham University (Durham, UK)

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, an extraordinary initiative of the Department of Theology and Religion and founder/director Prof. Paul Murray. Highlights of the week were many, among them: provoking keynote addresses and panels; dinner inside the Durham Castle; a lively evening of dancing and singing; and …

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