October 22, 2018

The Shared Table

(In this week’s blog, Richard E. McCarron responds to an earlier blog, This Dinner Party Nourishes Lives after Loss.  McCarron is associate professor of liturgy at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL. His current research project focuses on an engagement of liturgy […]
October 16, 2018

Unlearning, Unknowing, Compassion and the Religious Quest

Two articles that crossed my desk recently brought to mind the religious and spiritual egalitarianism that typifies many young adults today. I was reminded that to label this egalitarianism as either belief in nothing or just wishy-washy relativism is both […]
October 9, 2018

Pope to Synod on Young People: Dream, Hope, Accompany, Listen

The Synod of Bishops on Young People is now underway at the Vatican. This as young people in growing numbers are stepping away from the Catholic Church (and institutional religion in general), with many characterizing the church as outdated, patriarchal, […]
October 5, 2018

Four Challenges Facing the Bishops at Synod on Young People

(RNS) — The future of the Catholic Church is with the young, which is why Pope Francis has called bishops from all over the world to meet in Rome Oct. 3–28 for a synod on young people. If the church […]
October 2, 2018

Maintaining Spiritual Well-being Takes Resilience, Says Educator

“Most people instinctively want to have purpose, meaning, and a sense of spiritual well-being,” says veteran educator and author Connie Fourré. And when that sense of well-being gets compromised or dealt a blow, “spiritual resilience” is required. Fourré is currently […]
September 26, 2018

Podcast: Bob McCarty Talks about Why Disaffiliated Youth Are a Grace and Gift to the Church

Disaffiliated young Catholics are not a problem to be solved, but a grace and gift to the church. That key understanding was shared with church leaders in the Diocese of Joliet recently by the coauthor of a national study on […]
September 17, 2018

Religion Might Learn Something from Business

In a recent article published on LinkedIn, Nikhil Deogun, SVP/Editor-in-Chief at CNBC, reflected on the changing role of modern corporations. Institutional religions, including the Catholic Church, might learn from insights he shared. Prompting Deogun’s reflection is that he is leaving […]
September 11, 2018

This Dinner Party Nourishes Lives after Loss

Life has its pivotal moments: birth, coming-of-age, marriage, death. Traditionally people have marked such moments with family, friends, and for many, a faith community. In recent decades, however, and especially for young adults, the faith community connection has weakened, if […]
August 30, 2018

Parish Place to Engage Young People, Says Expert

As young adults disaffiliate from the Catholic Church—and institutional religion in general—at an accelerating rate, they often seek out other places they see as providing the relationships, activities, and values they prize. This quest may bring them to CrossFit, SoulCycle, […]

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