FutureChurch's Fall Event with Kaya Oakes, The Future Church: How Young Catholics are Transforming the Faith
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Trinity Cathedral and Commons
2230 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
United States

5:30 pm  Meet the Speaker Reception
6:00 pm  Hors d'oeuvres, Drinks and Desserts
7:00 pm  Keynote Presentation, Louis J. Trivision Award,
               NEW 2018 Christine Schenk Award for Young Catholic Leadership

While the news of th outmigration of young Catholics from our parishes is troubling, Kaya Oakes believes “The Nones are Alright.”  And beyond that, she believes they can provide the leadership the entire People of God need to become a more authentic, Gospel focused church. 

Oakes has spent years teaching, researching, and talking with young Catholics.  While the growth of the religiously unaffiliated young has sparked panic, Oakes sees something else – a generation of seekers and believers who are fighting for social justice, reimagining faith, and reconfiguring community.  In short, they remind her of an itinerant Palestinian Jew who many centuries ago created his own faith communities.
Kaya Oakes teaches writing at the University of California.   She is the author of The Nones Are Alright (Orbis Books: 2015, Religion News Association best books finalist). She is a senior contributing writer at Religion Dispatches, a contributing editor at Killing the Buddha, and a staff writer at America Magazine. In 2016, she was among a group of international writers who traveled to the Vatican to study reporting on religion in politically tumultous times.  Her books are widely taught, and she travels frequently to colleges and conferences around the country to speak and guest teach.


This award is given to a Roman Catholic who exhibits outstanding leadership in advancing the FutureChurch’s Vatican II mission or vision in one or more areas of teaching, administration, research, publication, advocacy, and pastoral care. 

The 2018 Trivison Award is presented to Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ with our gratitude and respect for all she has done to bring a greater degree of justice to the world and to make it a more welcoming place for those in search of shelter. 


For the first time, FutureChurch will present a young Catholic leader with the Christine Schenk Young Catholic Leadership Award. This year's recipient is Shannen Dee Williams, Ph.D. Her manuscript for my first book, "Subversive Habits: The Untold Story of Black Catholic Nuns in the United States" will be published soon.  Her study unearths the hidden history of this largely forgotten group of black churchwomen. It also turns critical attention to the long black freedom struggle within Catholic boundaries and the radical dimensions of black female celibacy.

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