Ray Suarez to Keynote Convention
October 02, 2018
Journalist, author to discuss what demographic shifts mean for the church
On November 16, Ray Suarez, a prominent journalist, author and lifelong Episcopalian will give the keynote address at the Diocese of Chicago's annual convention.
He will discuss a rapidly approaching tipping point--the year 2044, when demographers predict that a majority of Americans will be members of minority groups--and what it means for the church.
"It's going to have a tremendous bearing on the future of The Episcopal Church," says Suarez. "What kind of church do we want to be? If we, as a church, are successful in speaking to that new American mix, we'll be one kind of church. If not, we'll be on life support by the end of the 21st century."
A critically acclaimed author, Suarez's books include "The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999"; "The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America"; and a companion volume to the documentary series for PBS, "Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation."
He lives in Philadelphia with his family.