Up Next in 2022-2023 LCE Series: "None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the U.S. and Canada"
ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY PRESENTS LECTURES IN CATHOLIC EXPERIENCE: 2022-2023 PRESENTING SPEAKERS Dr. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme & Dr. Joel Thiessen: None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the U.S. and Canada.
WATERLOO, ON. (November 17th, 2022) – St. Jerome’s University (SJU) celebrates 40 years of our Lectures in Catholic Experience (LCE) series this year. Join us for the second lecture in our six-part series titled “None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the U.S. and Canada” presented by Dr. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme & Dr. Joel Thiessen. During their lecture, they will examine how one-third of Canadian and North American adults say they have no religion and how this willful distance from organized religion impacts other aspects of daily and social life.
Our 2022-2023 Lectures in Catholic Experience series will be held in-person in the Notre Dame Chapel, SJ1 Classrooms & Library Building, at St Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario. Doors will open at 6:45 pm EST, and the lecture will begin at 7:30 pm EST. Light refreshments will be served prior to the lecture, and there will be a question-and-answer period following the lecture. Free parking is located on-site, and the building is wheelchair accessible. The lecture will also be live streamed on our website for those who are unable to attend in-person. Please visit our LCE website for registration details and to access the link to the live stream.
President and Vice Chancellor, Dr. Peter Meehan remarks, “As North America shows increasing evidence of being ‘post-Christian’, Catholics, who experienced a remarkable ascendency during the twentieth century, face new and daunting challenges in the twenty-first. Professors Wilkins-LaFlamme and Thiessen’s work on the growth of religious disaffiliation and the sharp decline in religious self-identification will be critical for Catholics and really all of the mainline denominations as they plan their futures.”
Vice President Academic and Dean, Dr. Carol Ann MacGregor adds, “Empty churches, declining vocations, and enrolment and engagement challenges in Catholic education are now part of the contemporary Catholic experience. One might say that where we once talked about N-U-N-S we now talk about N-O-N-E-S-- those who report they don't belong to a particular religious tradition. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme and Joel Thiessen are leading experts on the growing phenomenon of disaffiliation and will bring to our audience a particularly rich and nuanced portrait of nonaffiliates in Canada and the United States”
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