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Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 - hARTsem DAYS: Celebrate the Arts and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary

The Changing Religious Landscape Conference


This daylong conference will celebrate the work of David Roozen, Professor of Religion and Society and former director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, who retired from Hartford Seminary at the end of June.

The event will celebrate the range of  Prof. Roozen’s and the Institute’s activities over the past 40 years as well as provide an opportunity to hear  current research reports from the new Faith Communities Today national survey as well as a variety of presentations by renowned scholars regarding the future of American religion.

A reception and dinner will follow the conference. Participants can attend the conference, the dinner, or both.

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Time Content Presenters
9 a.m. Coffee/tea and light snacks
9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Opening comments President Heidi Hadsell and Prof. Scott Thumma
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tracking Four Decades of America’s Religious Change Dave Roozen’s colleagues and friends will discuss his contributions and collaborations exploring these trends.
(15 minute presentations with Q&A)
Jackson Carroll, Williams Professor Emeritus of Religion and Society, Duke University
William McKinney, Consultant, Former President, Pacific School of Religion
Cynthia Woolever, Consultant, former researcher with the Presbyterian Church, USA
Daniel Olson, Professor of Sociology Department of Sociology, Purdue University
Penny Marler, Professor of Religion Emerita, Stanford University
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Break and Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m. America’s Congregational Present: 2015 Faith Communities Today Findings

A panel of research project participants will present short diverse slices of the results (7-10 minute presentations with Q&A)

David Roozen, Former Professor of Religion and Society, Hartford Seminary

Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, Researcher, United Church of Christ

Mike McMullen, Researcher, Baha’i National Center & Professor, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Mary Gautier, Researcher, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Alexei Krindatch, Researcher, Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas

Linda Bobbitt, Researcher, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

3 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Trajectories of America’s Religious Future

Five scholars of religion will offer diverse perspectives on the near-future directions for the American religious landscape (15 minute presentations with Q&A)

Jay Demerath, Emile Durkheim Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies, Colby College

Timur Yuskaev, Associate Professor of Contemporary Islam, Hartford Seminary

Barry A. Kosmin, Director, Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture and Research Professor, Public Policy & Law Program, Trinity College

C. Kirk Hadaway, Director of Congregational Research, Episcopal Church

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner



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