News and Updates: January 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Public Lecture: Spirituality and Post-Traumatic Growth, Fordham Westchester, March 1st, 2011

Please join us at the Fordham Westchester campus, for a public lecture by GSRRE Visiting Professor Dr. Mary Beth Werdel, entitled, "Rising in Wreckage: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications of the Relationship between Spirituality and Post-Traumatic Growth".

Dr. Mary Beth Werdel is a Visiting professor of Pastoral Counseling in the Graduate School of Religion & Religious Education. She is published in the academic journals, "Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion" and "Alcohol Treatment Quarterly". Dr. Werdel is also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland. Most recently she worked as a family therapist with primarily Spanish speaking immigrant families from El Salvador and Mexico.

The lecture will take place at Fordham - Westchester, 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY 10604. The event is open to the public. Please join us!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Twenty Somethings and the Catholic Church January 28th-29th


Please remember this upcoming conference at Fordham that includes some of our graduates, faculty and students on a topic of pressing importance, young people and the Catholic Church.

Twenty-Somethings and the Church? Lost? A Fordham 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.

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;

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.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year's Resolutions? Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Happy New Year to everyone in our community. As we get set to start the Spring 2011 semester next week, please keep us informed of your goals and resolutions for ministry in 2011. Are you writing a book? Attending a Conference? Would like the GSRRE community to know a bit more about your ministry? We would appreciate contributions such as this throughout the year....just E-mail

God Bless,
Patrick Holt
Asst. Dean GSRRE

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Spring 2011 at Graduate Religion and Religious Education - Fordham University

Happy New Year to everyone in our extended community! Here are GSRRE we are excited for the Spring semester to start, we are offering more course than before this semester, more electives and some intriguing titles for our students. Please keep in mind that:

1)There is still time to gain admission and start most master's and Certificate programs for the Spring. Just visit us at our website.

2)You can also review our Spring schedule, and simply register to audit, or as a non-matriculated student, for just one course if space allows. Just click here for our one page registration form for audits and non-matriculated students.
3)This blog will also be a great place to check in for upcoming lectures, social events and conferences here at Fordham.