Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Twenty-Somethings and the Church? Lost? A Fordham Conference
THE FRANCES AND ANN CURRAN CENTER FOR AMERICAN CATHOLIC STUDIES
FORDHAM CENTER ON RELIGION AND CULTURE FORUM AND CONFERENCE
Twenty-Somethings and the Church - LOST?
Friday, 28 January 2011 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, 29 January 2011 | 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pope Auditorium | Lincoln Center Campus
Have Young Catholics Lost Their Way?
Has the Church Lost Twenty-Somethings?
Has Our Culture Lost its Soul?
Twenty-somethings raised as Catholics are swelling the ranks of the religiously unaffiliated, yet many hold traditional beliefs about God and express spiritual yearnings and the desire to serve. This forum and conference will examine their fraught and often tenuous relationship with the Catholic Church.
Participants will explore the data, issues and dilemmas, as experienced in the cultural, economic and religious contexts of twenty-somethings—from sexuality to spirituality.
The speakers include leading experts and practitioners: James Davidson, Robert Putnam, Melissa Cidade, David Campbell, Carmen Cervantes, Donna Freitas, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Tom Beaudoin, Rachel Bundang, Bill McGarvey, Marilyn Santos, Tami Schmitz, James Martin, S.J., Rev. Robert Beloin, and twenty-somethings themselves.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
All are welcome to attend the Friday forum, the Saturday conference, or both.
For complete conference agenda, times, topics and speakers, visit
To register online, click here.
To RSVP: (718) 817-4457; firstname.lastname@example.org
Amongst the speakers will be our own, Dr. Thomas Beaudoin:
Tom Beaudoin is an associate professor of theology in the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University. His research explores the relationship between secular and spiritual practices, and he directs the rock and theology project for Liturgical Press, which has ten theologians researching the religious significance of popular music. He is interested in how 20-somethings put together their spiritual world through their musical habits.