Oct 3: A History of Death, exploring culture and mortality

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At the start of November the church for centuries has celebrated “All Saints and “All Souls.” But the way in which we have celebrated has changed significantly over the 2000 years of Christian history. In part, that change reflects a shifting attitude toward death in the various cultures in Christianity. This week we’re going to take a look at different Christian approaches to death. We’ll talk about different cultural practices and ask “What happens to us when we die?”

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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Oct 3: Creating a Community of Equity with Rudy Nickens

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Since the announcement of the acquittal of a former police officer, Jason Stockley, in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, our city has again faced anxious nights and long days of protest. Perhaps this verdict feels most painful because it feels like nothing has changed. Hundreds of protests happened after Ferguson. A commission was formed to study and make recommendations. On October 3, we’ll talk with Rudy Nickens who worked closely with the Ferguson Commission. Rudy contributed to the meetings of the Ferguson Commission as a trainer, speaker, and facilitator. He gave a keynote address at the Commission’s ninth meeting and town hall. We’ve taken the title of his address as the title of this Theology on Tap: “Creating a Community of Equity.”

Rudy Nickens serves as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for the Missouri Department of Transportation. He is an experienced facilitator, educator and entrepreneur. Previously, he served as Executive Director of The St. Louis Black Repertory Company. For over 2 decades, he has consulted, educated and trained hundreds of local and national organizations in the areas of workforce diversity, leadership development, cultural competence and conflict resolution locally, nationally and internationally.

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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Sept 5: Faith After Charlottesville with Prof. Ben Sanders III

SandersSpeakingSome communities in our country were shocked at the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville. Many black church leaders were unsurprised. In September we will be joined by Professor Ben Sanders III of Eden Seminary. His PhD thesis in progress at Iiff Seminary and the University of Denver seeks to “reestablish black theology as a resource for contemporary churches in need of a robust theological approach to race and racism.” He will lead us in a conversation about being an “anti-racist” person of faith after Charlottesville.

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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August 1: “Get the to a nunnery?” The Benedict Option with Dr. Alden Bass

alden-with-chickenOn August 1, our topic is: ”Get thee to a nunnery?” Should we all make the Benedict Option?

In recent months a national spotlight has been turned on the book “The Benedict Option.” Is monasticism the faithful response to a troubled world? Our speaker this month is Alden Bass, professor of theology at SLU and a founding member of the “Lotus House” a “new monastic” community in North St. Louis.

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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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