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Symposium on Youth & Young Adults Among the Highlights of the 2018 Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference


By Liz Sullivan

In collaboration with the Santa Clara Faith Formation Conference (SCFFC), the Diocese of San Jose Office of Youth & Young Adults has partnered with Saint Mary’s Press to host a day and a half west coast regional symposium titled, “Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics,”  it will commence on November 29 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on November 30, from 9-11:45 a.m. held at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel.

The symposium will explore in depth and with extensive dialogue the research findings of “Going, Going, Gone” done by St. Mary’s Press in partnership with CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate). The topic of “nones” and the staggering statistics of disaffiliated youth and young adults are already known; however, the reasons why they left remained unclear. “Going, Going, Gone” began the qualitative research to understand better (in their own words) why youth and young adults have left the Church. This one-time gathering will be presented and facilitated by a research team, which includes the following speakers:

  • Elizabeth Dresher, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University
  • Dr. Bob McCarty, DMin, Co-author of Going, Going, Gone
  • John M. Vitek, Co-author of Going, Going, Gone and president of St. Mary’s Press
  • Josh Packard, PhD, Professor of Sociology at University of Northern Colorado

The symposium is intended for all pastoral leaders in parishes, schools, and diocesan offices who are concerned about the current realities of youth and young adults and the implications they have for ministry in the Church. The cost is $100 person, which includes lunch on Thursday and full admission to the remaining sessions of the SCFFC on Friday afternoon and all-day Saturday.

To register, visit https://scffc.org/registration and select the “SMP Young Catholics Symposium” option.