The third day of the LASSCA conference kicked off with the event’s second keynote address by Bob McCarty, D.Min., executive director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in Washington, D.C.
McCarty’s reflection centered on the sociological realities of religion in contemporary society, the operating presumptions made by those who are or would be among the faithful, and the impacts of those presumptions and attitudes on how we move forward. He also addressed the limits those attitudes place on our potential “success” if our approaches do not change.
Using a variety of examples, McCarty characterized these new attitudes as “moralistic therapeutic deism,” a concept that reflects a high degree of individualism and a diminishment of the perception of the importance of communal faith experiences. This concept is also characterized by a lack of need for individual demands or challenges.
Tuesday continued with additional breakout sessions focusing on legal and financial issues related to the Affordable Care Act and the growth of social networking. Challenges related to governance and fundraising/development were discussed in another session, while a variety of other options were available for other interests and needs.
The group gathered for dinner at La Margarita in San Antonio to share time together and to continue discussions about the many issues that had been presented during the day.