Monday, October 15, 2018

“Guilty white people try to save other people who don’t want or need to be saved, they make grandiose, empty gestures, they sling blame, they police the speech of other white people and they dedicate themselves to the fruitless project of their own exoneration. But I’m not sure any of that is worse than what white people do in denial.”

So writes Eula Biss in “White Debt,” published in the NY Times in 2015. When we are born into a part of the population that we regard as oppressive or unjust, how do we reconcile our identity with our morals? How do we address the feeling that we are “guilty by association?” These issues and more are on tap this week. Check out the article via the link below.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Pub Theologians,

If there’s one tradition that seems part of the cultural identity of Midwestern Lutherans (or, perhaps, Protestants in general), it’s the church potluck. It’s as if we understand on a gut level that because, biologically, food=love, therefore communal eating fosters community.

But the potluck has a darker side: it’s often women doing the planning and organizing. This week, we’ll explore the lingering stereotypical gender roles in church traditions, unpacking Melanie Springer Mock’s article “Creating Learned Helplessness, One Potluck at a Time.” https://eewc.com/creating-learned-helplessness-one-potluck-time/

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LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:00pm

Monday, October 1, 2018

Pub Theologians,

This week continues our discussion of Good Friday and the significance of Jesus’ death.

Last week, we discussed S. Mark Heim’s article “Why Does Jesus’ Death Matter?” and the challenges that come with understanding Christ as substitute sacrifice. You can review the article here: http://www.religion-online.org/article/why-does-jesus-death-matter/

This week, we look at Heim’s understanding of what Jesus’ death means, particularly his view that the “work of the cross is the work of a transcendent God breaking into a cycle we could not change alone.” http://www.religion-online.org/article/christs-death-to-end-sacrifice/

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LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:00pm

Monday, September 24, 2018

This week is part one of a two part series on wrestling with a more progressive interpretation of Christ’s life and death, particularly the significance of Good Friday in our life of faith. We’ll be discussing this first of two essays by S. Mark Heim, “Why Does Jesus’ Death Matter?”
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LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:00pm.

Monday, September 17, 2018

This week’s topic is the questions of Jesus. What’s the role of questions and answers in the spiritual journey? How can we move from seeking answers to asking different questions? All of this and more is on tap this week as we discuss Martin Copenhaver’s sermon, “The Questions of Jesus: What are you looking for?” Download it here: https://www.wellesleyvillagechurch.org/sites/default/files/20110306TheQuestionsofJesusWhatareyoulookingfor.pdf

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LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:00pm

Monday, August 27, 2018

Census projections say the U.S. will become “minority white” by 2045—increasingly, we live in a world where we cannot remain separate from people who are different from us. Our isolated pockets of community are bumping up against those of others; boundaries are becoming more permeable.

How does this change our theology? How does this affect the ways we experience and think about issues of faith and life? How does the story of our experience with God need to be continually rewritten to include the ever-expanding cast of characters we meet and cross paths with in our work, in our families, in our politics?

This and more is on tap this week as we discuss “Boundaries, Bark, and Incarnation,” by  Matthew Wright.

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5:30-7:00pm

 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Pub Theologians,

When bad things happen to good people, we often fall into the trap of giving people clichéd, trite responses, if only to ease our own discomfort rather than theirs:

“God will never give you more than you can handle.”

“If God brings you to it, he’ll bring you through it.”

“His grace is sufficient…”

“Everything happens for a reason…”

How do we move beyond a “fix-it” faith? This and more is on tap this week as we discuss this article by Debie Thomas, “The wall my daughter can’t get past.”

https://www.christiancentury.org/article/faith-matters/wall-my-daughter-cant-get-past

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LTS Brewing Co., 5:30pm-7:00pm

Monday, August 6, 2018

Pub Theologians,

This week, we’ll be discussing religious freedom, in light of Jeff Sessions establishing a new “Religious Liberty Task Force.”

https://qz.com/1335106/the-department-of-justices-religious-liberty-task-force-will-enforce-these-20-principles/

We’ll be talking about what “religious liberty” or “religious freedom” means, what it looks like for different people and groups, and we’ll reflect on the 20 principles of religious liberty to be enforced by the task force.

See you at the pub!

LTS Brewing, 5:30-7:00pm