Press Release about Parish and Place

Maryville College has just published a press release about my new book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church.

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With more than 77 million Catholics, the U.S. Catholic Church is, now more than ever, home to a variety of Catholics from different countries, racial backgrounds and ethnicities – and with a wide array of political, liturgical and social preferences.

With this in mind, Dr. Tricia Bruce, associate professor of sociology at Maryville College, set out to understand “just how America’s largest religious tradition was accommodating these myriad forms of difference, locally.”

Her research is published in her new book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church (Oxford University Press, 2017). Through in-depth interviews and national survey data, Bruce explains how the American Catholic Church is responding at the local level to unprecedented cultural, racial, linguistic, ideological and political diversification.

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Read the full press release on the Maryville College website.

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An American “Multiverse”?

I enjoyed the opportunity to sit down with host Brandon Hollingsworth for this month’s “Dialogue” program on Knoxville’s NPR affiliate, WUOT. Alongside fellow panelists Dr. Aaron Astor (Maryville College historian) and Courtney Wright (University of Tennessee communication scholar), we discussed the ways in which current public conversations are fractured, siloed, and at times antipathetic.

Listen to our full conversation here.