Monday, April 23rd

Hello Theologians,

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine and warm(er) air!

We are back at LTS Brewing Co. on Monday from 5:30-7, and will be reflecting on this recent post from Rev. Anna Blaedel at enfleshed.com: https://enfleshed.com/blogs/mfcn/awake-in-the-dark

Come ready to listen, reflect, and share.

See you there!

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Monday, April 16th

Hi all!

I hope you are staying warm and safe in this wild snowy weather.

We will be gathering again for Pub Theology this week, and will continue at our new location: LTS Brewing Co. from 5:30-7pm. For this week’s topic, we’re delving into one of my all time favorite Scripture stories: The Road to Emmaus. If you’re able to do so, read through today’s appointed lectionary Gospel text (Luke 24:36b-48, http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=390818723), and this accompanying sermon from Pastor Dawn Hutchings: https://pastordawn.com/2018/04/09/emmaus-is-nowhere-because-emmaus-is-everywhere-a-sermon-on-luke-24-easter-3b/, and come ready to listen, share, and reflect.

See you at the pub.

Monday, April 9

Pub Theologians,

We gather this Monday at Life’s Too Short (LTS) Brewing Company (2001 32nd Ave NW) from 5:30-7:00pm.

Our topic: Easter. We’ll be reflecting on this 2014 post by Marcus Borg. What’s the meaning of Easter? What is it about? Did it really happen? What doubts do we have about it? Do these doubts make us any less “Christian?” Is Easter an all-or-nothing proposition?

And if you don’t get a chance to read the article ahead of time, come join us anyway!

See you there!

Monday, March 26th

Hi all,

We are gathering for a Holy Week Pub Theology on Monday, March 26th, from 5:30-7. This will be our last gathering at HyVee North (37th Street), as we are planning to switch locations after Easter.

This week’s discussion draws us into the movement of Holy Week and what meaning it may hold for us. If you can, please read Rev. Anna Blaedel’s piece “The call to witness and with-ness”, as published on enfleshed.com (enfleshed.com/blogs/mfcn/the-call-to-witness-and-with-ness). I think it will generate some good thoughts and discussion.

I look forward to our time together. See you at the pub!

Monday, March 19th

Pub Theologians!

We are gathering again this week for discussion around faith and life. If you’re able to, give this short blog post a read ahead of time: “Ye (Me?) of Lots of Beliefs but Little Faith…” (https://reluctantxtian.com/2018/03/05/ye-me-of-lots-of-beliefs-but-little-faith/).

We will be at HyVee North (37th Street) and will gather at 5:30, and will plan to launch into the evening’s topic around 6.

See you there.

Monday, March 12th

Hey Theologians!

We are back at it tonight (Monday) at HyVee North (37th streetfrom 5:30-7. We’ll plan to continue our discussion of God and nonviolence, and use last week’s topic of the exodus story as a framework for this.

If you’re able to do so, check out this section from “Seven Stories”: https://www.dropbox.com/s/93277cdfgb9mbdz/Lesson%202.pdf?dl=0 Also check out the references on the last page there including the glossary.

Thanks all. I look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, March 5th

Hey Theologians!

We are back at it again this Monday, at HyVee North (37th street) from 5:30-7. We’ll continue our discussion of God and nonviolence, and will be considering the exodus story as a framework.

If you’re able to do so, check out this section from “Seven Stories”: https://www.dropbox.com/s/93277cdfgb9mbdz/Lesson%202.pdf?dl=0 Also check out the references on the last page there including the glossary.

Thanks all. I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 26th

Hey Theologians,

We are gathering again this week for Pub Theology and will continue to press into this season of Lent. The topic this time comes from a study that looks at the particularly nonviolent way of Christ, and seeks to give us some deeper understandings of what that part of his ministry meant (especially in light of his crucifixion).

So, if you’re able, please read the following excerpt of “Seven Stories: How to Study and Teach the Nonviolent Bible” (pp. 50-55): https://www.dropbox.com/s/ol78d64ru620ie9/Seven%20Stories%20Preview.pdf?dl=0)

(The book itself is available to preview/purchase on Amazon if you’d like [but is not required]: https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Stories-Study-Teach-Nonviolent/dp/0692931945)

We’ll meet at the 37th Street HyVee Market Cafe at 5:30, and should wrap up by 7.

See you there.

Monday, February 19th

Hello, all!

We are gathering again this Monday the 19th for another round of Pub Theology together. Come join the table at the HyVee North MarketCafé (37th St. NW) in Rochester. We’ll begin around 5:30 with socializing and catching up, and will head into a more structured conversation around 6. We should be done around 7.

If you are able to do so ahead of time, read Morgan Guyton’s blog post from last week, entitled “Sidewalk Ashes: An Invitation to Be Problematic For a Day” (www.patheos.com/blogs/mercynotsacrifice/2018/02/14/sidewalk-ashes-invitation-problematic-day/). It unpacks for us some of the complexities of Ash Wednesday and our liturgical/religions observations, and may make for good discussion fodder.

As always, if you can’t read it, don’t worry about it, and come anyway! We often find plenty of interesting tangents to carry us through.

See you at the “Pub”.

 

Monday, February 12th

Pub Theologians,

Thanks again for your great discussion last week following “The Shape of Water.” I though it went really well and I appreciated your insights.

This week, we’ll be back at our usual spot at the 37th Street HyVee MarketCafe from 5:30-7pm. If you can, ahead of time, please read The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s February 1968 sermon “The Drum Major Instinct” (http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_the_drum_major_instinct/). See what themes develop for you there, and then head over to YouTube and listen to how parts of that sermon were used in a Ram Truck Super Bowl commercial: https://youtu.be/SlbY1tGARUA. Something that may add to the complexity of this comparison is the “Ram Nation” service organization (https://www.ramtrucks.com/ram-nation.html).

Thanks all.

See you at “the pub”!