Seminars

  • Founded
    1997
  • Seminar Number
    661

This seminar explores the role of religion in American society from cross-disciplinary perspectives: history, anthropology, literature, sociology, theology, material culture, etc. Both “religion” and “America” are broadly defined: “religion” takes into account multicultural and multifarious religious expressions in an increasingly pluralistic setting; “America” includes not merely the United States but Canada and the Caribbean as well. The members of the seminar are particularly interested in examining the religiously rich environment of New York City.


Chair
Professor Courtney Bender
cb337@columbia.edu

Rapporteur
Andrew Jungclaus
aej2131@columbia.edu


Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.


Meeting Schedule

09/16/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Christian Cosmopolitans: Protestant Churchwomen and the World
Gale Kenny, Barnard College, Columbia University




10/14/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
Speak Truth to Power: Bayard Rustin's Writing and Activism
Sarah Azaransky, Union Theological Seminary




11/11/2019 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM
The Suburban Church: Catholic Parishes and Politics in Metropolitan New York, 1945-1985
Stephen Koeth, Columbia University
Abstract

Abstract

My dissertation, “The Suburban Church: Catholic Parishes and Politics in Metropolitan New York, 1945-1985,” explores the effects of postwar suburbanization on American Catholicism by focusing on the creation and expansion of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in suburban Long Island. The diocese was founded in 1957 and throughout the 1960s was one of the fastest growing Catholic communities in the country. In this first draft of chapter three, I’m wrestling with how suburbanization changed the parish: how suburban parishes were established and funded; how population growth necessitated the adaptive use of space; how the suburban home became the center of Catholic practice; and ultimately how suburbanization led to doubts about the parish as the best means of organizing the faithful into communities. I appreciate your time in reading this draft and providing your comments and suggestions.





02/10/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM

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03/23/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM

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04/20/2020 Faculty House, Columbia University
6:00 PM

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