2019 Teleconference Series: Power to the People

Join us from the comfort of your own home for FutureChurch's 2019 teleconference series "Power to the People: From Clericalism to Collaboration."

In the wake of the recent revelations of clergy sex abuse and coverup, many -- including Pope Francis -- have diagnosed clericalism as one underlying disease doing great harm to our Church. How do we rid ourselves once and for all of every form and manifestation of clericalism? Our teleconference series will seek the input and advice from top experts who are well-positioned to help us answer that question and to develop ways that we, the People of God, can organize and advocate for a healthier, holier Church. 

*Please check back often as the series continues to develop and more teleconferences are being planned and will be announced. 


The Lay of the Land with Fr. Tom Reese, SJ

January 23, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Jesuit priest, author, and journalist will provide an overview of the crisis, commenting on the latest developments, and help us get a sense of the major players, issues, challenges, and opportunities as we seek to move from a culture of clericalism to a culture of synodality.



Perspectives from the Early Church with Francine Cardman, Ph.D.

February 20, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College will trace the historical development of clericalism and share insights and possibilities from the early Church and its leadership structures.




The Role of Canon Law with Tom Doyle, OP

March 20, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Canon lawyer and long-time advocate of justice for survivors of clergy abuse will examine the role of canon law in upholding a culture of clericalism and perpetuting the cycle of abuse and coverup. 




Lay Leadership in Church Financial Transparency

April 17, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Founding executive director and global ambassador for the Leadership Roundtable, Kerry Alys Robinson, will put forth a vision of Church finance and resource management that faithfully reflects a synodal vision of Church and suggest ways the laity can take up an increased role in this area of Church life and leadership.

Podcast coming soon...


Language and Accountability with Katie Grimes, Ph.D.

May 22, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Assistant professor of theological ethics at Villanova University, Katie Grimes, Ph.D., discusses how language and tradition act as barriers to a culture of accountability in the Church.  




The Euphemization of Power with Michele Dillon, Ph.D. 

June 26, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire and expert in autonomy and authority in the Catholic Church will shed light on the hiearchy's ability to maintain authority by euphemizing and mystifying its pwer so as not to reveal the arbitrariness of it.  



The Role of the Laity with Donald Cozzens

August 28, 2019 @ 8PM ET

A priest, author, and presenter, Cozzens will present on the specific roles the laity can play in overturning a clerical culture. Read his latest commentary in The National Catholic Reporter here




Seminary Reform with C. Colt Anderson, Ph.D. & Christopher Bellitto, Ph.D.

September 26, 2019 @ 8PM ET

Professors Anderson and Bellitto, co-authors of The Reform Seminaries Need, will join us to discuss their work and the proposals they make in their article. C. Colt Anderson, is professor of Christian Spirituality at Fordham University. He previously taught at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary (1999–2008) and Washington Theological Union, where he also served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs (2008–2012). Christopher M. Bellitto, is professor of History at Kean University, and taught at New York’s St. Joseph’s Seminary/Dunwoodie and its lay Institute of Religious Studies (1995–2001)