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”.

 

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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”!

Monday, February 5th

Hello Pub Theologians,

This week for our gathering, we are going to see The Shape of Water at Paragon Chateau theater (on 37th street at Broadway, by Shopko) at 4:30, and follow up with a discussion afterwards at Whistle Binkies North (beginning around 6:45 I think).

As you prepare for the film, be thinking of what it means to be “other”. Feel free to do some research about the film, and even familiarize yourself with some of the characters if you’re able to do so. According to the film’s Wikipedia page, director Guillermo del Toro said of this work,

“This movie is a healing movie for me. … For nine movies I rephrased the fears of my childhood, the dreams of my childhood, and this is the first time I speak as an adult, about something that worries me as an adult. I speak about trust, otherness, sex, love, where we’re going. These are not concerns that I had when I was nine or seven.”

I have ordered tickets for those of you who asked me to do so. There are still many seats available in the theater, so if you haven’t got a ticket yet and want to buy one when you arrive, that should work fine at this point.

I will be at the theater at 4:10 to pass out tickets, so you can get situated ahead of time as needed (popcorn, et cetera).

See you then!

Monday, January 29th

Hello, Pub Theologians!

Are you ready to get back into it this week?

I have an article that should get our conversation started. Check out “The Christians Making Atheists” from author and former megachurch pastor John Pavlovitz at johnpavlovitz.com/2017/06/04/the-christians-making-atheists/. It was published this past June, but I think it still is quite relevant and will get us talking.

We’ll plan to meet at HyVee North’s Market Cafe (is that still what it’s called?) from 5:30-7 on Monday. No reservations needed — come as you are. See you there!

Monday, January 8th

Hello, dear Pub Theologians!

I have missed our Mondays together these past weeks, but — good news! We are back at it tomorrow, January 8th, at HyVee North from 5:30-7. Come join us.

This week’s topic comes from J. Barrett Lee, a Michigander, former Presbyterian minister, and current Episcopal layperson, who wrote a provocative blog post back in 2012 called “A Growing Church is a Dying Church”. Give it a read-through at hoppinghadrianswall.com/2012/09/04/a-growing-church-is-a-dying-church/.

Come ready to listen, share, and reflect.

See you there.

Monday, December 18th

Hey crew,

Happy Third Sunday of Advent!

We will be back at HyVee North for one last Pub Theology of 2017. Come join the table, order a drink, and contribute to the discussion if you are able. This week, we’ll be talking about the movement of the Advent season and its call to “stay awake”. If you can, read Pastor Tim Brown’s recent reflection: endlessfalling.wordpress.com/2017/11/29/take-off-your-captain-america-socks/ and come ready to respond.

See you there, from 5:30-7.

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Monday, December 4th

Hello, Theologians!

Thank you for your continuing work through Drew Hart’s book this fall. I know he has presented many difficulties for us to consider, but I am deeply appreciative of your continued presence, even without any clear answers as of yet. We are almost to the end, though, and will be discussing Chapter 8 this week. (www.dropbox.com/s/aw7z7bem4uidu63/Hart%20Chap%208.pdf?dl=0)

Give it a read as you’re able, and you of course are welcome to join the discussion even if you haven’t been able to read it ahead of time.

We’ll be at HyVee North Market Cafe again this week, from 5:30-7, with the discussion starting around 6. See you there.