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

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: and come ready to respond.

See you there, from 5:30-7.


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. (

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.

Monday, November 27th

Hey crew,

Pub Theology is on for Monday evening at HyVee North Marketcafe from 5:30-7. Our topic this week comes from our ongoing series in Drew Hart’s book Trouble I’ve Seen, specifically, Chapter 7, “The Lure of Status and Respect”. This one is a short chapter, but hits some important points about power, control, and pressure to conform to culture norms that reinforce imbalances therein.

Here’s a link to the pages:

See you there.

Monday, October 30th

Hi all,

Come and join us again on Monday, October 30th, at HyVee North Market Cafe from 5:30-7. 

Thank you for your thoughtful responses and willingness to risk difficult conversations. This week’s topic takes us into some of the historical context that has formed our current circumstance, and what lenses we’ve applied in the past (that could also be applied now). We’ll be drawing from Trouble I’ve Seen, Chapter 4. Give it a read ahead of time. (link if needed:

The final books are arriving on Monday, so I’ll bring them along for you. If you can swing $12, that would be great.

See you there.

Monday, October 23rd

Pub Theologians,

We are gathering again for Pub Theology this Monday, October 23rd, at HyVee North Market Cafe from 5:30-7. 

The topic this week continues based on Drew G. I. Hart’s 2016 book, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. If you can, please read Chapter 3 ahead of time, and come ready to listen and reflect. 

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 16th

Hey all,

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: If your copy of the book has not arrived yet, please use this preview in the meantime:

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.

-Pastor Paul