Thank you for the excellent (and challenging) discussion last week. I appreciate your willingness to take part in this important conversation, so that we can continue to be part of making things right in our society and world. Per Audrey’s recommendation, attached you can find a flyer for the Understanding Implicit Bias workshop in Minneapolis.
This week’s Pub Theology topic continues our discussion based on Drew G. I. Hart’s 2016 book, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. If you’re able to do so, please read Chapter 2 and come ready to reflect and listen together. (If you don’t have a copy, you can order it here: a.co/7vm8DGP). If your copy of the book has not arrived yet, please use this preview in the meantime: www.dropbox.com/s/uf1kbm0qxptvpa6/Chapter2.pdf?dl=0
Remember, you can pop in to this discussion at any time, even if you haven’t been able to read or be part of prior conversations.
Find us at HyVee North Market Cafe (500 37th Street NW in Rochester) on Monday from 5:30-7. Bonus: if you order before 6pm you can get appetizers for half price (woot!).
See you there.
Hey Pub Theologians!
We will be back at HyVee North Market Cafe (500 37th Street NW in Rochester) this Monday as we begin our fall book discussion, reflecting on the foreword and chapter one of Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart.
(If you’d like to order a copy for yourself, you can find it here: a.co/7vm8DGP)
If your copy hasn’t arrived yet, use this link as a preview: www.dropbox.com/s/9yloxezti14mmv9/Hart%20Week%201.pdf?dl=0
See you there!
We are at it again this week, talking theology, life, and faith. This week’s topic comes from Pastor Corey Fields of Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware, and his recent opinion piece, “Be Careful How Close You Let Jesus Get To Real Life” (baptistnews.com/article/careful-close-let-jesus-get-real-life/)
Join us at the 37th Street HyVee North Market Grille (500 37th Street NW in Rochester). To get to the Market Grille, enter the main front HyVee doors and take an immediate right. It’s towards the right corner behind the sliding glass doors.
See you there, 5:30-7pm.
PS — next week we will start our book series, so stay tuned! I’ll have more information about that when we gather this Monday.
Hello, Pub Theologians.
We are gathering again this week for theological discussion amidst community. This will be our final Monday at LTS Brewing Co., so let’s make it a good one! (More info coming soon on our next location).
Since 1999, September 23rd has been observed as “Bi Visibility Day”, which I had not heard about until recently. I think this is an important day for us to be aware of, especially as we move further towards taking on the Reconciling In Christ designation as a congregation.
So, if you’re able to do so beforehand, please read Reverent Seminarian Elle Dowd’s post from earlier this weekend that connects some important dots for us: rmnetwork.org/blessed-bi-jesus/.
I deeply appreciate her working through why it is a gift to be in relationship with people of diverse sexual orientations, especially people who identify as bisexual, for indeed they are able to reveal to us some things about God that may not be as readily apparent to those of us who identify differently.
I look forward to our time together.
See you at LTS from 5:30-7.
We are gathering again this week at LTS Brewing Co from 5:30-7. The topic comes from Father Richard Rohr and his recent blog post, “Struggling with Shadow.” Find it at https://cac.org/struggling-with-shadow-2017-09-11/ and give it a read ahead of time if you’re able. Perhaps we’ll talk through what it means to criticize organizations/institutions we love, among other things. Come ready to share your thoughts and insights!
See you at the pub.
Join us again this week at LTS Brewing Co for another Pub Theology discussion. This week’s topic draws us towards a deepened understanding of transformation in our lives.
If you are able to, please listen to the last part of the recent Radiolab broadcast “Black Box” (the part about caterpillars and butterflies metamorphosis). You can find it at www.radiolab.org/story/black-box/. Begin around the 52:30 mark and listen all the way to the end.
If you’re having trouble with the web player, you can also try to download the episode directly at edge1-audio.wnyc.org/radiolab/radiolab011714.mp3?listeningSessionID=595118790acb70a0_6076541_GBqjoNIp__0000000CGVp
See you at the Pub — 5:30-7.
We won’t meet this week. Have a good holiday weekend!
Summer is winding down, but we are still planning on gathering at LTS Brewing Co this week for another discussion of faith, life, scripture, and what it means to be Christ-followers.
If you’re able to, read Pastor Jes Kast’s recent reflection on Micah 6:8 and what it means for her in the context in which she serves. She’s one of my favorite contemporary Reformed-tradition Theologians and is serving the people of West End Collegiate Church in New York City. You can find her post over at blog.perspectivesjournal.org/2017/08/23/humble-walking/.
See you at the pub. We’ll be there from 5:30-7 p.m.
Hello, dear Pub Theologians,
Come join this week’s discussion at LTS Brewing co from 5:30-7. We’ll be in the tent if the weather permits.
To prepare for out time together, please read the following two items if you’re able to:
- This week’s Gospel text (Matthew 15:10-8, bible.oremus.org/?ql=370269179) and
- The Reverend Kwame Pitts’s sermon from Sunday, August 20th (medium.com/@TravelingPastor/practicing-what-we-preach-or-are-we-a-sermon-in-the-midst-of-a-lot-of-false-prophets-a94f66bad8ed).
Her sermon is presented in a poetic-type structure, but stick with it until the end. It’s well worth it. I look forward to hearing your reflections.
See you at the pub!
Hello, beloved Pub Theologians,
Are you ready for Music Monday?! We are back at the public theologizing this week, so come and join the discussion at Life’s Too Short Brewing Co. in NW Rochester from 5:30-7pm. All are welcome.
This week’s topic comes to us via two interesting voices: the Gospel according to Saint Matthew’s Community of the First Century and Thom Yorke of 20th/21st Century British Radiohead fame.
So, in preparation for our discussion:
- Read through this week’s Gospel text, Matthew 14:22-33 (the story known as “Jesus Walking on the Sea”, although, I would posit, such a title only distracts from the point this story is making).
- Then, listen to and read the lyrics from Thom Yorke’s song “Atoms for Peace” from his 2006 debut album The Eraser.
See if you can see what’s emerging as these two sources interact, and we’ll plan to see you at the pub.