Visualizing New Research in Religion

The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion will soon hold its annual meeting in Boston (Nov 8-10). As the 2013 Program Chair, I know well the variety of innovative research on religion that will make this meeting great. Visualized here is a wordcloud generated from all conference abstract keywords, created via wordle.net.

Participating in the National Survey of Personal Parishes?

The National Survey of Personal Parishes recently went out to representatives from Catholic dioceses around the United States. This research is sponsored by The Louisville Institute and National Science Foundation and has been distributed by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate of Georgetown University. What are "personal parishes"? Personal parishes can be loosely …

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Support from the National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation has recently awarded my project, entitled "Formal Responses to Increasing Diversity within Social Institutions." Together with funding from The Louisville Institute, this generous support will enable me to carry out a national survey and follow-up case studies of "personal" (i.e. non-territorial) parishes in the U.S. Catholic Church. NSF funding will also …

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Thank You to The Louisville Institute

I offer my sincere gratitute to The Louisville Institute for supporting my current research on "personal" (non-territorial) parishes in the Catholic Church. Thanks to a 2012 Project Grant for Researchers, I will be able to expand my work nationally and use a multi-method approach to shed light on this timely phenonemon with relevance across denominational …

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Presentations at the Association for the Sociology of Religion and American Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Las Vegas

I've just returned from Las Vegas, NV after presenting papers at the Association for the Sociology of Religion and American Sociological Association Annual Meetings. My first paper was part of a great panel of scholars (Orit Avishai, Lynne Gerber, and R. Stephen Warner) contemplating questions of engaged scholarship on religion. The abstract is below. “Twice …

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