Parish Life, Pandemics, and the People of God School: School of TheologyDepartment / Organization: Aquinas CenterEvent Open To: All (Public),All Students,Alumni,By Invitation Only,Donors,Emory College Students,Emory Community,Executive MBA,Faculty,Full-time MBA,Graduate Students,Juniors,Organization Members,Oxford College Students,Parents,PhD Students Advanced to Candidacy,Private Event,Prospective Students,Recruiters,School of Business Students,School of Medicine Students,School of Nursing Students,School of Public Health Students,School of Theology Students,Sophomores,Staff,Undergraduate BBA,YerkesCost: FreeRegistration / R.S.V.P. link: https://bit.ly/aquinas_reynoldsContactName: Alice CameronContact Email: email@example.comLink: https://bit.ly/aquinas_reynoldsThisevent is co-sponsored by Commonweal Magazine. Title: Parish Life, Pandemics, and the People of God: Coming Home to a Place We've Never Been BeforeSpeaker: Susan Reynolds, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at Candler School of TheologyWebinar Description:2020 changed parish life in every conceivable way. Parish shutdowns resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic transformed liturgical practice while forcing Catholics to reconsider community life and participation. At the same time, uprisings for racial justice across the country have laid bare the ways in which the church has been complicit in the marginalization of Black Catholics and other Catholics of color. For the church, this year has marked a crisis in the original Greek sense of the word–a decisive turning point.In this webinar, participants will be invited to consider the fundamental ecclesiological questions raised by these new and emerging realities. In particular, we will examine how the Vatican II notion of the church as the people of God provides certain often-overlooked resources for a vision of parish life adequate to the challenges we face today.Speaker Biography: Dr. Susan Bigelow Reynolds is a Catholic theologian whose work examines the intersection of ecclesiology and lived Catholicism in contexts of diversity, marginality, and suffering. She is currently working on the manuscript of her first monograph, An Ecclesiology of Solidarity: Ritual, Community, and the Future of the Catholic Parish, which constructs a practical-ethical vision of community rooted in the capacity of ritual practice to build bridges across difference. The project is based on seven years of ethnographic fieldwork work at a parish in Boston. Other areas of research include migration and parish life, popular liturgical practice, contextual and practical theologies, Latinx theologies, and motherhood and pregnancy loss. Her work has appeared in American Catholic Studies, New Theology Review, Exchange, several edited volumes, and in popular venues including The Atlantic and America. Reynolds’ ongoing research in lay leadership, clericalism, and the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis has positioned her at the forefront of media reporting around the sexual abuse crisis in the church and on other topics of moral leadership. She has provided extensive media commentary on the crisis.
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