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Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
Pope Auditorium, 113 West 60th Street
New York, New York

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday, January 28, 2011, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 
Twenty-Somethings: The Known and the Unknown
What the data shows about young adults and the church

Moderator
Peter Steinfels, Co-Director, Fordham Center on Religion & Culture

Speaker
James Davidson, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Purdue University

Responses
Melissa Cidade, CARA, Georgetown University
Robert Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9:30-5:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m.  Welcome
Highlights of Friday’s Data
Christine Firer Hinze, Fordham University

9:45 a.m.   Session I
On Your Own?

Student loans, job searches, finding friends and housing, the parish and social scene—a look at the economic, career, social, and religious challenges twenty-somethings face.  What are the implications for religious communities?

Moderator
Christine Firer Hinze, Fordham University

Panelists
David Campbell, Assoc. Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Carmen Cervantes, Executive Director, Fe y Vida


Responses 
Greg Eirich, sociologist, Columbia University, Jennifer Sawyer, Fordham University

10:45 a.m.  Break

11:00 a.m.   Session II
Sex and the City of God

Hooking up, casual sex, cohabitation, later marriages, and same-sex relationships are cultural realities for twenty-somethings. How does this affect young adults’ ties to Catholic communities, teaching, and values, and their own desires for lives of integrity and wholeness?

Moderator
Robert Parmach, Fordham University

Panelists
Donna Freitas, Assoc. Professor of Religion and Writer in Residence, Hofstra University 
Colleen Carroll Campbell, Author, Columnist, TV & Radio Host


Responses
Patrick Landry, middle school teacher and graduate student, Northwestern
Paul Schutz, musician, liturgist, and graduate student Fordham

12-1 p.m.  Lunch with Speakers: Cafeteria Atrium

1:00 p.m.  Session III
Frenemies?  Popular Culture and Catholic Culture

The complex encounter between church and culture:  How do twenty-somethings navigate the varied terrains of church culture and popular culture?  How does the church engage the media-saturated, sensory-charged, and socially-networked lives of twenty-somethings?

Moderator
Tom Beaudoin, Fordham University

Panelists
Rachel Bundang, Religious Studies, Dir. of Social Justice Education, Marymount School 
Bill McGarvey, former editor-in-chief, BustedHalo.com

Responses
Matthew Boudway, associate editor, Commonweal
Amanda Daloisio,  New York Catholic Worker, Witness Against Torture Community

2:00 p.m.  Session IV
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” Yearnings of the Spirit

Prayer, preaching, service, Scripture, liturgy, sacraments: what do twenty-somethings seek and where can it be found?

Moderator
Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, Fordham University

Panelists
Marilyn Santos, Director of Youth and Enculturation Ministries, Archdiocese of Atlanta
Tami Schmitz, Asst. Director of Spirituality, Campus Ministry University of Notre Dame

Responses
Joe Nuzzi, pastoral associate, St. Francis of Assisi parish, Manhattan
Meredith Fabian, young adult leadership team, Ascension parish, Manhattan, and international liaison, Covenant House

3:00 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m.  Session V
An Inconvenient Church: Reasons to Love or Lose Catholicism

Live From New York: What twenty-somethings are saying about the church.

Moderator
James Martin, S.J., Author, Culture Editor, America Magazine
                 
Responders
Rev. Robert Beloin, Chaplain and Director, The Catholic Center at Yale University    
Lisa Cataldo, Psychotherapist, Asst. Prof. of Pastoral Counseling, Fordham University
Dana Dillon, Asst. Professor of Theology, Providence College
Malik Muhammed, New Orleans, LA, Fordham Graduate Student

4:00 p.m.  Session VI
Lost & Found: “Nobody Does It Alone, Jack.”

Gathering the insights of the day: Where do twenty-somethings, and the church that needs and wants them, go from here? Best and worst practices for parishes and young adult ministers—What helps? What hurts? What fizzles? What’s a lost cause?  What does Catholicism have to offer twenty-somethings, and how can twenty-somethings find or re-discover these treasures?

Moderator
Jim Martin, S.J

Panelists
Robert Beloin, Carmen Cervantes, Bill McGarvey, Joe Nuzzi, Tami Schmitz

5:00: Wine and Cheese Reception

 

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