Monday, June 18th

Hi all,

We are gathering again on Monday for Pub Theology. We will be at LTS from 5:30-7pm — it’s not clear if the weather will be decent, but if it’s nice look for us outside.

This week, we’re debunking a common misconception that Christians make about first century Judaism. Check out this recent blog post from Sarahbeth Caplin at sbethcaplin.com/2018/06/11/is-judaism-inherently-legalistic/, and come ready to reflect together.

See you there!

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Monday, June 11th

Hello, dear theologians,

We are back at the Pub Theologizing this week. Join us at LTS Brewing Co on Monday June 11th from 5:30-7, as we talk through the work of prophets as people who “keep God free for people and who keep people free for God.” If you can, read the following September 2017 post from Father Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation: cac.org/liberation-2017-09-13/, and come ready to reflect.

See you there.

June 4

“We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches. We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.”

So begins the confessional statement “Reclaiming Jesus,” signed by a number of prominent theologians, including Bishop Michael Curry who preached at the royal wedding a couple of weeks ago. For this week’s discussion, we’ll be reflecting on this confessional document, available at http://reclaimingjesus.org/. There’s also a video, for those of you who are short on time…or attention… 😉

Do you agree with their opening premise? Do their belief statements resonate with you? We’ll wrestle with these questions and more tonight at Life’s Too Short (LTS) Brewing Company (2001 32nd Ave NW), 5:30-7:00pm.

See you there!

Monday, May 14th

Theologians,

Monday will again bring us to LTS Brewing Co for another round of Pub Theology. It’s looking like the weather will be halfway decent, so look for us on the patio or in the tent, beginning around 5:30.

This week, our topic of conversation will move into one of the ancient stories of the Jewish faith: Abraham’s Near Sacrifice of Isaac.

Firstly, if you’re not familiar with the biblical story, you can find it in Genesis 22: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=393249930

Secondly, check out this great take on the story from Cindy Wang Brandt, a writer with the “Raising Children Unfundamemtalist” Facebook group (https://m.facebook.com/groups/rcugroup/). Her take on the Genesis story can be found at http://cindywords.com/child-abuse-in-the-near-sacrifice-of-isaac/.

Thirdly, we’ll see you at the pub!

Mondah, May 7th (Music Monday)

Hey Theologians,

We are doing another round of “Music Monday” at Pub Theology this week! In the spirit of Resurrection and the Easter season that we are still in for a bit longer, we will continue to dig into what Christ’s persistent life (and presence amidst death) is about. And, to do that, I’d like to use a song from Conor Oberst’s 2016 album, “Ruminations”.

If you are able to do so, listen to the song “Mamah Borthwick (A Sketch)” at https://youtu.be/tnBI-nYveiA. You may want to look up the lyrics and search for some of the notable references he makes in the song, to help make sense of it all.

I look forward to hearing your reflections!

See you at LTS Brewing Co from 5:30-7 on Monday the 7th.

Monday, April 30th

Hello, Theologians!

We are gathering again on Monday for Pub Theology. Life’s Too Short Brewing Co continues to be our location, and if the weather is ok, we may sit on the patio again (or in the tent if it’s available!).

This week, we will remember the great theologian Dr. James Cone, and his work that brought liberation theology to the fore in American seminaries and higher ed institutions. See this from Union Theological Seminary: https://utsnyc.edu/james-cone/, and consider the quotes, below, from Dr. Cone.

See you at the pub from 5:30-7pm.

 

 

**An earlier version of this post read “libertarian theology”. The correct term is “liberation theology”. The post has been updated accordingly. (4/30/18 3pm CDT)

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!