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A Cultural Affairs Committee Lecture by Michele Dillon, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at University of New Hampshire.

Drawing from her recent book Postsecular Catholicism and previous research on Catholic identity and community, Dillon’s talk will focus on how American Catholics’ push for change in the Church and Pope Francis’s initiatives – such as the Synod on the Family and Amoris Laetitia – variously draw on the Church’s tradition to open new possibilities for a more inclusive Church.

Michele Dillon is professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire and specializes in religion and culture, with particular interests in autonomy and authority in the Catholic Church; religion, spirituality and cultural change; community engagement; life-course contexts and transitions; purposeful aging; and the moral politics surrounding abortion and same-sex relationships.  She is the author of books such as: American Catholics in Transition(co-authors W. D’Antonio & M. Gautier; Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice and Change (co-author Paul Wink; University of California Press, 2007), Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 1999), and her most recent book, Postsecular Catholicism (Oxford University Press, 2018) and over 50 book chapters, essays, and research articles in journals such as Sociological TheoryJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Sociology of Religion.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by The Cultural Affairs Committee. For more information, contact Dr. Katrina Hoop,  khoop@sjcme.edu

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