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.

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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!

Monday, March 26th

Hi all,

We are gathering for a Holy Week Pub Theology on Monday, March 26th, from 5:30-7. This will be our last gathering at HyVee North (37th Street), as we are planning to switch locations after Easter.

This week’s discussion draws us into the movement of Holy Week and what meaning it may hold for us. If you can, please read Rev. Anna Blaedel’s piece “The call to witness and with-ness”, as published on enfleshed.com (enfleshed.com/blogs/mfcn/the-call-to-witness-and-with-ness). I think it will generate some good thoughts and discussion.

I look forward to our time together. See you at the pub!

Monday, March 19th

Pub Theologians!

We are gathering again this week for discussion around faith and life. If you’re able to, give this short blog post a read ahead of time: “Ye (Me?) of Lots of Beliefs but Little Faith…” (https://reluctantxtian.com/2018/03/05/ye-me-of-lots-of-beliefs-but-little-faith/).

We will be at HyVee North (37th Street) and will gather at 5:30, and will plan to launch into the evening’s topic around 6.

See you there.

Monday, March 12th

Hey Theologians!

We are back at it tonight (Monday) at HyVee North (37th streetfrom 5:30-7. We’ll plan to continue our discussion of God and nonviolence, and use last week’s topic of the exodus story as a framework for this.

If you’re able to do so, check out this section from “Seven Stories”: https://www.dropbox.com/s/93277cdfgb9mbdz/Lesson%202.pdf?dl=0 Also check out the references on the last page there including the glossary.

Thanks all. I look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, March 5th

Hey Theologians!

We are back at it again this Monday, at HyVee North (37th street) from 5:30-7. We’ll continue our discussion of God and nonviolence, and will be considering the exodus story as a framework.

If you’re able to do so, check out this section from “Seven Stories”: https://www.dropbox.com/s/93277cdfgb9mbdz/Lesson%202.pdf?dl=0 Also check out the references on the last page there including the glossary.

Thanks all. I look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 26th

Hey Theologians,

We are gathering again this week for Pub Theology and will continue to press into this season of Lent. The topic this time comes from a study that looks at the particularly nonviolent way of Christ, and seeks to give us some deeper understandings of what that part of his ministry meant (especially in light of his crucifixion).

So, if you’re able, please read the following excerpt of “Seven Stories: How to Study and Teach the Nonviolent Bible” (pp. 50-55): https://www.dropbox.com/s/ol78d64ru620ie9/Seven%20Stories%20Preview.pdf?dl=0)

(The book itself is available to preview/purchase on Amazon if you’d like [but is not required]: https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Stories-Study-Teach-Nonviolent/dp/0692931945)

We’ll meet at the 37th Street HyVee Market Cafe at 5:30, and should wrap up by 7.

See you there.