To use a GPS or map, you need to know two things: where you are and where you want to go. This section is about first identifying where we are as a Catholic Church in the U.S. in this moment and how we got here.
In this chapter, Julianne focuses on why there is occasionally a level of discomfort in our American parishes with concepts like evangelization and discipleship. Julianne clarifies that when you encounter parishioners who are afraid to share the Gospel, it is often because of the social and histo...
After laying the historical groundwork, Julianne continues painting the picture of our current cultural context by unpacking some of the data that shows where both the Church and the U.S. culture are at demographically.
If we are going to lead renewal by forming missionary disciples, we need to know who the people are that we are encountering—both in our pews and in our cities—and what they believe. That is what Julianne unpacks in this chapter.