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(launched a 15 month research project on November 19, 2009)
Typical of the exodus of people in their 20s and 30s from Church identification are young persons who seem not to have abandoned their basic beliefs or concern for the spiritual dimension of their lives, but to reflect these in an attitude of search rather than of commitment.
In response this research project will focus on unfolding the meaning of the heritage of the faith for the new dimensions and needs of our evolving human awareness, its challenges and opportunities. The goal is to make ?belief more believable,? for both the contemporary ?seeker? and indeed for all the faithful, and thereby to render all of personal and social life more fully human and thereby more expressive of the divine. (More)
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Some News reports:
Program for "Faith in a Secular Age"
November 19, 2009, Washington, D.C.
Date and Time: November 19, 2009, 4.00pm-8.00pm
Location: Great Room B, Pryzbyla Center, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
4.00-4.10 Welcome: David M. O?Connell, CM, President, The Catholic University of America
4.10-4.20 Project description: George F. McLean,
President, The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP);
Director, CUA Center for the Study of Culture and Values (CSCV)
4.20-5.30 Conversation: Cardinal Francis George and Professor Charles Taylor
Moderator: José Casanova, Berkeley Center, Georgetown University
5.30-6.00 Research Team Coordinators:
Team I. John Haughey, S.J.,
Woodstock Theological Center,
Team II. William Barbieri,
School of Theology and Religious Studies,
The Catholic University of America
6.00-6.30 Pause: refreshments
6.30-7.45 Audience Participation for Questions and Research Suggestions
Moderator: Ilia Delio, OSF,
Washington Theological Union