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Le Moyne Hosts Forum on the Future of the Church

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Sanzone Center for Catholic Studies and Theological Reflection at Le Moyne College and the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University will host a forum, titled “The Future of the Church: A Woodstock Forum on Sources of Hope,” on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel.

The forum, which will examine some of the challenging trends in the Catholic Church, will be moderated by Donald Maldari, S.J., associate professor of religious studies at Le Moyne.

Panelists include the Rev. Raymond B. Kemp, Dolores R. Leckey and Thomas J. Reese, S.J.

As former pastor of two African-American parishes and former secretary for parish life and worship in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., Father Kemp brings the grassroots perspective on urban parish life to Woodstock programs on “Preaching the Just Word” and “Faith in the City.” He teaches as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, serves on the boards of D.C. Central Kitchen and College Campus Kitchens, and is writing a manual on preaching for justice.

Dolores Leckey served for 20 years as executive director of the secretariat for family, laity, women and youth at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. She has been an official advisor to the American Catholic bishops at two Roman Synods and lectured widely throughout the United States as well as in Europe and Australia. Her recent books include “Just War, Lasting Peace, Grieving with Grace” and “Monika K. Hellwig: The People’s Theologian.”

Prolific writer and blog columnist for the Washington Post, Thomas Reese, S.J. leads Woodstock’s work on Religion and Public Policy. He is most known for his trilogy examining church organization and politics on the local, national, and international levels, “Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church,” “A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops,” and “Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (315) 445-4555.

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posted on: 8/16/2011