Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2017-2018 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community.
The fifth Faculty Pub Night of the 2017-2018 season features Brett C. Hoover, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of Theological Studies at LMU's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Hoover will discuss his recent publication, The Shared Parish: Latinos, Anglos, and the Future of U.S. Catholicism.
About the Author's Work: Long interested in the struggles and gifts engendered by different ethnic and racial groups sharing space in concrete communities, Professor Brett Hoover has spent a decade researching Catholic parishes transformed by immigration and other demographic changes. In 2014 he published The Shared Parish: Latinos, Anglos, and the Future of U.S. Catholicism. The Shared Parish looks at the complicated process of Latino/a and white Catholics sharing the same church facility yet retaining their distinct worship and ministries. Shared parishes like the one profiled in the book (Hoover has since studied others as well) remain one of the few places in U.S. society where cultural groups maintain their own language and customs while still seeing themselves as part of a common faith tradition and community. In these parishes, Catholics of different backgrounds find themselves negotiating over logistics and shared space, and these negotiations often surface the unexpected differences between distinct cultural expressions of Catholicism and the unequal racial and ethnic playing field bestowed on the parish by the larger society. The Shared Parish suggests that the search for identity and adequate intercultural practice in contemporary faith communities calls for a new approach to understanding and living with cultural diversity, one that goes beyond traditional notions of assimilation or multiculturalism.
About the Author: Brett C. Hoover is Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology in the Department of Theological Studies at LMU. He teaches courses on culture and immigration, parish life and ministry, ecclesiology and pastoral theological methodology, as well as on American Catholicism. His research and teaching bring qualitative research and sociological theory into the theological study of everyday life and ministry. Besides The Shared Parish, he is the author of Comfort: An Atlas of the Body and Soul (New York: Riverhead, 2011) and the co-editor of Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters (Miami: Convivium, 2016) along with other book chapters, journal articles, and professional magazine articles. At LMU, he co-directs the annual Youth Theology Institute for Southern California high school students made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment.
About Faculty Pub Night: All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact Ray Andrade, Programming Librarian, at (310) 258-4648 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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