June 6: “Faith and Pride” with The Rev. Mike Angell

mikeprideJune marks LGBT Pride month across the United States. The Rev. Mike Angell, rector of Holy Communion, will lead us in a discussion about the intersections of Faith and Pride, how the LGBT community’s growing visible presence is re-shaping our interpretation of tradition, scripture, and even the practice of faith. This year we’ll take a look at how the inclusive faith community can push back against anti-LGBT pressure from churches in the public sphere

Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.  Join us and bring friends.

Theology on Tap meets upstairs at Dressel’s Pub at 6:30pm on the First Tuesday of each month. Click for a map

Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108

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May 2: “Science and Faith”

BibleScienceGiven the national attention following the #ScienceMarch focused on questions science, policy, and faith, we decided this month to convene a conversation about science and faith. Our discussion will be led by Barry A. Hong, Ph.D.  Vice Chairman and Professor of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, Chief Psychologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an ordained Lutheran minister.  Barry is an internationally recognized authority on the psychosocial aspects of organ donation and transplantation, as well as trauma and its psychological management.

How should we make policies? What are the boundaries of the two disciplines? Should science inform our faith? Should faith inform science? Come and discuss with us.

Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.  Join us and bring friends.

Theology on Tap meets upstairs at Dressel’s Pub at 6:30pm on the First Tuesday of each month. Click for a map

Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108

Resources and articles from “Faith, Immigration, and Refugees.”

Thanks to all who came out for theology on Tap last night. It was a great crowd. A special thanks to Debbie Morris Smith, our presenter from the International Institute.

We put together a list of “further reading” based on our conversation.

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99% Invisible, a great independent podcast, recently did a series of two episodes about Sanctuary. The first episode is all about churches. If you want a 20 minute rundown of the history of the modern Sanctuary Movement, and the theology inspiring the work, you’d be hard pressed to find a better summary.

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The New Yorker‘s March 13,2017 issue has a great article titled “The Underground Railroad for Refugees.” Looking at a particular safe house in Buffalo New York, and profiling particular refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, you get a sense of the breadth of the challenges ahead.

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One of the congregations that sponsors Theology on Tap, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in University City is in discernment about starting a longtime formal partnership with Cristosal, a human rights organization in El Salvador founded through the Episcopal/Anglican church. Cristosal has put out a series of reports on the violence that is displacing people internally and creating a refugee situation in Central America. (This is not easy reading. Much involves the testimony of people who have face violence and torture).

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The New York Times recently covered a series of churches that are preparing to offer sanctuary. The article notes how we’re not exactly sure what is coming, but how some churches are preparing based on their experiences in the past with sanctuary.

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Sanctuary St. Louis is the local group working to build the conversation and work with faith communities.

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Finally, remember that next month Theology on Tap will not be meeting at Dressel’s. Instead we’ll have a “field trip” to Washington University to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak. If you email WashU to let them know you’re coming, they’ll give you a parking pass.

 

March 7, 2017: “For you were a stranger” Faith, Immigration, and Refugees with Debbie

iistl.jpgGiven the national attention focused on questions of refugees and immigration, Debbie Morris Smith, volunteer coordinator for the International Institute of St. Louis (and wife of Bishop Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri) will lead us in a discussion about faith, welcome, and borders.
Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.  Join us and bring friends.
Theology on Tap meets upstairs at Dressels Pub at 6:30pm on the First Tuesday of each month.
Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108

Resources from “Prayer and the Presidency”

Thanks to all who joined us Tuesday. Mike mentioned a couple of resources, and we’re publishing them here.

The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon, rector of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square preached a sermon the Sunday after the inauguration. In the sermon he talks about the need of the parish to ask questions about their participation in future inaugurations. This link will take you to their iTunes page. Click the sermon “Children of One God.” 

This is Bishop Marianne Edgar Budde’s statement about the Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral.

This link will take you to Bishop Budde’s blog post/statement.

February 7 : “Prayer and the Presidency” with The Rev. Mike Angell

The Rev. Mike Angell will take a turn as presenter this coming month at Theology on Tap. Before moving to St. Louis, Mike served as Assistant Rector at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, often called the “Church of the Presidents.” Every president since Madison has worshiped at St. John’s, including the new president on the morning of the inauguration. Mike will talk about his experience there, and we will discuss questions about the relationship of church to state in this new era.
Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.  Join us and bring friends.
Theology on Tap meets upstairs at Dressels Pub at 6:30pm on the First Tuesday of each month.
Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108