Monday, March 20th

Hey Crew,

Join us at the Pub Theology table this week. We’re talking Trinity: where we’ve been and where we’re going.

In trinitarian fashion, this week’s prep has three parts. Please read them in succession:

  1. The Apostle’s Creed and Explanations from Luther’s Small Catechism (See page 3, “The Creed”: ctkelc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Martin-Luthers-Small-Catechism.pdf)
  2. The Center for Action and Contemplation’s Weekly Summary (via Fr. Richard Rohr and Cynthia Bourgeault): cac.org/trinity-law-three-weekly-summary-2017-03-18/ (you can skip the “Practice” part if you’re short on time), and
  3. Today’s CAC post from Cynthia Bourgeault: The Law of Three in Action: The Opposition Is Never the Problem: cac.org/opposition-never-problem-2017-03-19/

Per our routine as of late, we will again gather at LTS Brewing Co. in Rochester from 5:30-7. See you there!

Monday, March 13th

Hey crew,

It’s time for Music Monday again at Pub Theology! We are planning to gather again this week at LTS from 5:30-7, and to prepare for our time together, carve out a good half an hour if you can to listen, watch, experience, and ponder the layered meanings of the first two tracks from Bon Iver’s recently released album, “22, A Million”.

Listen to the songs in the following order, at least once, and think about the lyrics and what the artist (songwriter Justin Vernon) is describing, and what theological insights they may hold. Also, pay attention to the way the song titles are written, as the symbolism may be important:

  1. 22 (Over S∞∞n) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version] – youtu.be/ISCEilPMNak
  2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ (Extended Version) – youtu.be/HNy7VtSsmu8

Once you have listened to the songs (and ONLY after you’ve listened to them both and have pondered them!), then read this review from Atwood Magazine: atwoodmagazine.com/10-deathbreast-bon-iver to see what further insights it may hold.

Happy listening. See you at the pub.

Monday, February 20th

Hi all,

We are back at LTS on Monday for Pub Theology. This week, we’re talking food rituals, sociology, and our sacramental theology. 

Listen to or read NPR’s recent Morning Edition/Hidden Brain segment, “Why Eating The Same Food Increases People’s Trust And Cooperation”, and come ready to talk: http://www.npr.org/2017/02/02/512998465/why-eating-the-same-food-increases-peoples-trust-and-cooperation

See you at Life’s Too Short Brewing Co, 5:30-7.

Monday, February 13th

Hi all,

We are gathering again at LTS this Monday from 5:30-7.

This week’s topic comes from one of my favorite theologians and biblical scholars: Walter Brueggemann, as he talks about the North American Church’s relationship with society in our world today, and the choices before us as people.

Please carve out ten minutes and watch his recent video, “An Alternative Way”, from The Work of the People (http://bit.ly/1POJ38j).

Also, please note: you’ll have to sign up for their free 30-day trial to watch the whole video, but it is definitely worth it.

Happy watching. See you at the Pub.

Monday, February 6th

Hello, pub theologians!

We are gathering again Monday evening, from 5:30-7, at LTS Brewing Company. Hope you can make it. 

This week’s topic addresses some of the context behind the term “kingdom” as used in the New Testament, and comes via Reta Halteman Finger, Ph.D., a retired New Testament scholar who currently is among the community of Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

If you are able to, please read her 2013 article “From Kingdom to Kin-dom—and Beyond” at eewc.com/Articles/from-kingdom-to-kindom-and-beyond/, and come to the pub ready to reflect. 

See you there.