Review of Parish and Place in Sociology of Religion journal

The journal Sociology of Religion has just published a review of my book Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church. Linda Kawentel (University of Notre Dame) writes that the book "is an excellent study that will be of interest not only to sociologists of religion, Catholic clergy, and diocesan administrators, but also to …

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Invited Lectures at Tennessee Wesleyan

I enjoyed the opportunity to give a series of lectures at Tennessee Wesleyan in Athen, TN. The first, "The Place of Diversity in Contemporary U.S. Religion" drew from my award-winning book Parish and Place to understand the mutual role of generalist and specialist organizations as a way to achieve unity in diversity. The second, "Religious …

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Review of Parish and Place in Reading Religion (a publication of the American Academy of Religion)

[Excerpt] "Bruce deftly manages multiple axes of inquiry and data across six chapters, probing how place and purpose—the two organizational principles shaping the experience of American Catholic life—interact...[...]...The work of Parish and Place opens up a door for important further pastoral and ecclesiological investigation. In these fragmented times, it is genuinely difficult to discern how …

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Parish and Place Receives a Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association Religion Section

My book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church, has received an honorable mention distinguished book award from the American Sociological Association's Religion Section! I was grateful to accept this award at the Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association this weekend in Philadelphia. With 32 books nominated, it is an …

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Understanding Religion in China

The sociology of religion benefits from cross-cultural comparisons and non-Western thinking. My participation in the 2018 Symposium of Social Science of Religion at Remnin University in Beijing, China was immensely valuable toward this goal. Grateful for the chance to convene among area scholars and students whose work is poised to change our shared field.

Spanish Translation of “Polarized Preferences, Polarized Pews”

Thanks to Jesús Antonio Serrano Sánchez for translating my article, "Polarized Preferences, Polarized Pews" into Spanish for publication in the Mexican journal Puertas Lumen Gentium (Universidad Católica Lumen Gentium). The article originally appeared in my coedited volume, Polarization in the US Catholic Church (Liturgical 2016). Dr. Sánchez' reflection and response ("Necesidad de la Parroquia Personal en …

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