NCR’s founders were journalists whose first priorities were holding authorities accountable and being a platform for a free, open discussion of ideas. Solidly founded in an American culture, NCR has been a chronicler of society and the Catholic Church for 50 years. Through this uniquely American and Catholic lens, the conference will explore what might be on the horizon for the American Catholic church. Join us for this one-day event featuring Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D.; Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D.; Jamie Manson, and Joan Chittister, O.S.B.
Registration: 8:15 - 9 a.m.
Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D.
In the current context of dominant global capitalism, new transformative processes have emerged encompassing social and religious actors, mobilization initiatives, and theological epistemologies, strengthening together the affirmation that another world is possible. This presentation explores the contribution of the deep voices from the Global South to those processes.
Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D.
The recent killings of African Americans --especially but not only unarmed Black men -- by police and other officials have launched a renewed movement to address systemic racism in our nation. This presentation explores how this moment challenges the Catholic faith community to face the "unresolved racism" in its own life, as well as the opportunities for more engaged social reflection and justice ministry.
Introduction and award of writing contest winner/ Lunch prayer
Lunch: 12-1:30 p.m.
While the “Pope Francis Effect” continues to be a popular phenomenon, the level of disinterest in the institutional church continues to rise, especially among young adults. By exploring some of the new models of church that have been emerging among marginalized faith communities, this presentation will consider what forms of church may be meaningful and relevant to new generations of Catholics.
(Mark 10:49 Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Joan Chittister, OSB
Jesus stills calls us despite all the distractions and issues in the world and church. The way forward is rooted in the prophetic message of the gospel which demands that we seek a new way of being church.
Thanks and Closing Prayer
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