Monday, August 10, 2020

Pub Theologians,

Many of us in this group are Lutherans. As we continue to struggle with the realities and impacts of racial injustice that are so tightly woven into the fabric of our culture and society in the United States, perhaps we might also do well to struggle with the realities and impacts of prejudice that our theological founding father, Martin Luther, was guilty of, and which Lutherans, at various times and places, have perpetuated.

We’ll be reading this article from The Christian Century: https://www.christiancentury.org/article/critical-essay/declaring-whose-lives-matter-martin-luther-failed-his-own-idolatry-test

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Monday, August 3, 2020

A note from Richard about this week at Pub Theology:

This week: Awful Psalms

You know– suffering, outrage, sadness. When life is the worst kind of tough.

I will invite us into a couple of psalms to sing and discuss. Glee, joyous reflection and happy pushback are welcome.

In particular, we’ll wrestle with Psalms 22, 88 and 137.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

As mentioned at Pub Theology last night, you’re all in for a treat – Richard will be leading Pub Theology for the next two weeks, followed by Travis the week after that. Woohoo!

Richard says:

Let’s dig into the psalms these two weeks!

This week: Nice Psalms.
You know– gratitude, joy, goodness. When life is going well.

I will invite us into a couple of psalms to sing and discuss. Rebuttals, grievances and grumpy pushback are welcome.

If you want to be primed, look at Psalms 33, 105 and 148.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

This Monday at Pub Theology we will discuss a TEDTalk by Nora McInerny of Minnesota, host of the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking.”  If you saw this TED Talk when it came out in 2018, it will be interesting to note if you hear it any differently in this pandemic time of loss and grief.

Watch here: Nora McInerny: TEDWomen 2018

Questions to think about:

  • Does this TED Talk change the way you think about how to approach grief – within yourself or when supporting other people?
  • What are some events/experiences in your life that you will always carry with you and make you who you are today?
  • What are you grieving in this pandemic time? Allow yourself to name your own grief without comparing it to the grief of others. We all experience loss, and we all need to be able to grieve.
  • In the biblical account of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his death, we hear that scars were still visible on his resurrected body.  In what ways was your faith / theology reflected in or challenged by this TED Talk?

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Pub Theologians,

As promised, this week we will be discussing a podcast episode from ‘On Being with Krista Tippett’ – Ross Gay: Tending Joy and Practicing Delight – and as a bonus, Richard will joyfully join us as a most delightful facilitator!

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Dear Pub Theologians,

We will not be gathering on Zoom this week, but I am sharing a podcast that two of our Pub Theologians brought to our attention a few weeks ago – take a listen and we can discuss this on July 13th!

Ross Gay: Tending Joy and Practicing Delight

Feel free to help bring the ‘theology’ to this discussion by offering an accompanying piece  that we could read or listen to next week.  You can send me an email – lisa (at) molive.org if you have suggestions.

Pastor Lisa

Monday, June 29, 2020

Pub Theologians,

With Independence Day just around the corner, it seems like a time to reflect on the intersections of Christianity and nationalism and the temptations and dangers of mixing the two. We’ll be reading Kyle Roberts’ article “When Churches Conflate Christianity and Nationalism (and 10 Consequences)” at Patheos. Check it out here:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/unsystematictheology/2017/06/churches-conflate-christianity-nationalism-ten-consequences/

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5:30-6:30pm

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Pub Theologians,
Sorry this post is so late! I’m out of practice posting to the blog apparently…
As protests continue around issues of police brutality and systemic racism, part of the conversation has centered on the role of violent resistance in creating social change. Is it ever appropriate to use violence or the threat of violence in the quest for justice and peace? This is one of the questions we’ll be wrestling with this week. Your reading material this week: “Jesus and Violence” (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thenewparaclete/2020/04/jesus-and-violence-three-biblical-stories-on-how-to-start-a-revolution/) AND “The Theology of Riot” (https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thenewparaclete/2020/05/the-theology-of-riot/).
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Monday, June 15, 2020

All week I have been looking for something we could all enjoy together – an article, a podcast, a poem – anything!  It’s not that I want us to pretend things aren’t hard, or that I think we deserve a distraction.  I just think it would be good for us to experience joy and laughter together.

I almost gave up, but tonight I watched Queer Eye – Season 5, Episode 1. (Spoiler – it’s about an ELCA pastor!) If you have access to Netflix please stop everything you are doing and watch this right now.

If you do not have Netflix, please sign up for a free trial and watch it right now. (Yes, you can email me for help.)

If you do not have Netflix and cannot sign up for a free trial, the rest of us will tell you all about it on Monday.  And do not worry, because there is something else that is really awesome for you to do.

One of the special guests on the episode is another ELCA pastor – Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer (they/them/theirs). I have started following them on Facebook and found their collection of post-it notes.  Guess what? This is our reading for the week: Pastor Megan’s Post-It Notes

Read a dozen or read them all, just read until you find yourself smiling. Then we will come together on Monday to share which note we most needed to hear, which was hard to read, which one we’ve already put up on our bathroom mirror…

See you Monday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Zoom,
Pastor Lisa

 

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Gustavo Gutiérrez is a founder of liberation theology, known for its focus on God’s preferential option for the poor. Throughout scripture we read commands, stories and teachings that give preference to the well-being of the poor and powerless in society.  In church we sing about it, hear sermons on it, and talk about it in bible study.  And how do we live it?

Gutiérrez was born on June 8, 1928, so we will gather together on his 92nd birthday to discuss this article about his work: Preferential Option for the Poor and consider how the Gospel call to liberation and justice is a generous invitation into a life of freedom for all people, even when it requires sacrifice.

We will begin at 5:30 pm with a light hearted check-in question and move into discussion after that, wrapping up at 6:30 pm.

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