Ray Suarez to Keynote Convention

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.

Learn more about diocesan convention and register online by October 31.