Symposium on the Disaffiliation of Young Catholics
Thursday, September 26 Symposium 10am - 3pm
Sierra 2 Center for the Arts and Community
2791 24th Street
Sacramento, Ca 95818
Dr. Bob Mcarty and Josh Packard from St. Mary’s Press will lead a pre-conference symposium on the “Disaffiliation of Young Catholics” on Thursday, September 26th from 10am – 3pm. They will share the findings of a two-year national study on why
young people are leaving the Catholic Church. The discussion will include stories from young people and the myriad of reasons they are choosing to leave the faith and where they are going. Cost is $55 and lunch is included.
Bob McCarty has been in professional ministry since 1973, serving in parish, school, diocesan, and national settings. He offers consultations, retreats, workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. Bob serves as the project coordinator for the Saint Mary’s Press research project, Going, Going, Gone: The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics. Bob has a BS in Sociology/Theology from St. Joseph’s University, an MA in Religious Education from LaSalle University and a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana. Bob is adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America and The University of Dallas.
Josh is a sociologist, professor and researcher at the University of Northern Colorado, where he is also the Executive Director of the Social Research Lab. He has written numerous academic articles and given dozens of presentations in the field of sociology of religion. He regularly teaches courses in research methods, sociology of religion and sociology of community. His course materials have been included in the Association of Religion Data Archives, and his research has been profiled in Leadership Journal, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Patheos and numerous other outlets.
He is the award-winning author of the ground-breaking book Church Refugees, which examines the phenomenon of the Dones, those people who have fled the church but not their faith. Learn more about the book, the corresponding soundtrack, workshops and The Dechurched Project at www.dechurched.net. You can also learn more about the two new projects he is currently working on, Stuck: Pastors Who are Done with the Church and CHURCH: Exploring the Faith Lives of Religious Dones.
Josh earned his B.A. in English from Texas Lutheran University in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2008.
Registration is $55 per person or $150 for a team of 3. Enter code: "Going" in the promo box when registering your group to receive the discount.