Author: feminarian

Monday, August 3, 2020

A note from Richard about this week at Pub Theology:

This week: Awful Psalms

You know– suffering, outrage, sadness. When life is the worst kind of tough.

I will invite us into a couple of psalms to sing and discuss. Glee, joyous reflection and happy pushback are welcome.

In particular, we’ll wrestle with Psalms 22, 88 and 137.

See you at the Zoom Pub!
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Monday, July 27, 2020

As mentioned at Pub Theology last night, you’re all in for a treat – Richard will be leading Pub Theology for the next two weeks, followed by Travis the week after that. Woohoo!

Richard says:

Let’s dig into the psalms these two weeks!

This week: Nice Psalms.
You know– gratitude, joy, goodness. When life is going well.

I will invite us into a couple of psalms to sing and discuss. Rebuttals, grievances and grumpy pushback are welcome.

If you want to be primed, look at Psalms 33, 105 and 148.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

This Monday at Pub Theology we will discuss a TEDTalk by Nora McInerny of Minnesota, host of the podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking.”  If you saw this TED Talk when it came out in 2018, it will be interesting to note if you hear it any differently in this pandemic time of loss and grief.

Watch here: Nora McInerny: TEDWomen 2018

Questions to think about:

  • Does this TED Talk change the way you think about how to approach grief – within yourself or when supporting other people?
  • What are some events/experiences in your life that you will always carry with you and make you who you are today?
  • What are you grieving in this pandemic time? Allow yourself to name your own grief without comparing it to the grief of others. We all experience loss, and we all need to be able to grieve.
  • In the biblical account of Jesus appearing to the disciples after his death, we hear that scars were still visible on his resurrected body.  In what ways was your faith / theology reflected in or challenged by this TED Talk?

See you at the Zoom Pub
Monday 5:30 – 6:30
Meeting ID: 853 6642 2018

Monday, July 13, 2020

Pub Theologians,

As promised, this week we will be discussing a podcast episode from ‘On Being with Krista Tippett’ – Ross Gay: Tending Joy and Practicing Delight – and as a bonus, Richard will joyfully join us as a most delightful facilitator!

See you on Zoom from 5:30 – 6:30 pm, and note this one very important thing:

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Dear Pub Theologians,

We will not be gathering on Zoom this week, but I am sharing a podcast that two of our Pub Theologians brought to our attention a few weeks ago – take a listen and we can discuss this on July 13th!

Ross Gay: Tending Joy and Practicing Delight

Feel free to help bring the ‘theology’ to this discussion by offering an accompanying piece  that we could read or listen to next week.  You can send me an email – lisa (at) if you have suggestions.

Pastor Lisa

Monday, June 15, 2020

All week I have been looking for something we could all enjoy together – an article, a podcast, a poem – anything!  It’s not that I want us to pretend things aren’t hard, or that I think we deserve a distraction.  I just think it would be good for us to experience joy and laughter together.

I almost gave up, but tonight I watched Queer Eye – Season 5, Episode 1. (Spoiler – it’s about an ELCA pastor!) If you have access to Netflix please stop everything you are doing and watch this right now.

If you do not have Netflix, please sign up for a free trial and watch it right now. (Yes, you can email me for help.)

If you do not have Netflix and cannot sign up for a free trial, the rest of us will tell you all about it on Monday.  And do not worry, because there is something else that is really awesome for you to do.

One of the special guests on the episode is another ELCA pastor – Rev. Dr. Megan Rohrer (they/them/theirs). I have started following them on Facebook and found their collection of post-it notes.  Guess what? This is our reading for the week: Pastor Megan’s Post-It Notes

Read a dozen or read them all, just read until you find yourself smiling. Then we will come together on Monday to share which note we most needed to hear, which was hard to read, which one we’ve already put up on our bathroom mirror…

See you Monday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Zoom,
Pastor Lisa


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Monday, June 8, 2020

Gustavo Gutiérrez is a founder of liberation theology, known for its focus on God’s preferential option for the poor. Throughout scripture we read commands, stories and teachings that give preference to the well-being of the poor and powerless in society.  In church we sing about it, hear sermons on it, and talk about it in bible study.  And how do we live it?

Gutiérrez was born on June 8, 1928, so we will gather together on his 92nd birthday to discuss this article about his work: Preferential Option for the Poor and consider how the Gospel call to liberation and justice is a generous invitation into a life of freedom for all people, even when it requires sacrifice.

We will begin at 5:30 pm with a light hearted check-in question and move into discussion after that, wrapping up at 6:30 pm.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

George Floyd. 

I feel like nothing else matters more right now than the fact that George Floyd was killed, and that his communities are reeling in the aftermath of chaos and violence.  And do you know that even this statement shows my privilege?  I don’t have to worry about whether my family members will be safe when they leave their homes, or where my next meal will come from, or if I can even afford to protest… because of this privilege, I can sit and struggle for as little or as long as I like.  If I choose to take action, it can be as risky or as safe as I like, and ultimately whatever action I do (or do not) take – history shows that my personal life probably won’t change all that much.

Black Lives Matter.

I believe this with my whole heart.  But am I living my life in a way to help ensure that black people experience this to be true?

We can’t keep doing things the same way and expect different results.  If we want this country to be a safe place for black people, we need to change in ways that impact our own lives. We need to feel the change.

I know, this isn’t the type of Pub Theology post we’re used to.

We will gather on Monday, June 1, 2020 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on Zoom.  It will be a time to grieve, lament, and struggle together. It will also be a time to confess, take responsibility, and hold each other accountable.

If this interests you, you can prepare by thinking about the following questions:

What can you change in your daily life to help dismantle systemic racism?
In what ways does your faith/tradition/scripture urge and support you to make such change?

Let’s be courageous and not let each other off the hook because this work is hard.

There’s a quote going around that may be misattributed to Benjamin Franklin.  Whoever said it, it’s worth taking to heart:  “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

Grace to you,
Pastor Lisa