June 16: “St. Louis Farewell” with the Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders and the Rev. Dr. Adam Ployd

On June 16 theology on tap will meet at 6:00pm in Tower Grove Park.

Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today. We encourage anyone to attend, whether Episcopalian or not.

We will have this month’s theology on Tap in Tower Grove Park at the “Tunica Picnic Area” near the center of the park, and the big lawn where yoga happens during the Farmer’s market. Click here for a map.

This special edition of Theology on Tap will be a way to say a fond farewell to two of our favorite presenters. The Rev. Dr. Adam Ployd and the Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders will both be with us. Both have accepted calls that will take them from St. Louis this summer.

Together we will reflect on the challenge of being a person of faith committed to change in St. Louis. We will theologize about this moment in this place. What is God’s call to faithful St. Louisans in the months and years ahead especially around questions of race, equity, and building spiritual community?

This event is BYOE (Bring your own everything). You’re welcome to bring some food and a beverage of your choice (following park rules, note that glass bottles are prohibited.). There will be limited picnic table seating, but we encourage you to bring your own chair as well. We will follow Holy Communion’s outdoor gathering protocols, and ask that you check your symptoms before you come and keep physically distant from folks not in your own household. (Masks are optional for the vaccinated). Feel free to order and pick up some food and a beverage from our partners at Schlafly.

We ask you to register for purposes of contact tracing.

Be part of the Conversation for Theology on Tap with Karma Lekshe Tsomo

One of the things we miss most about Theology on Tap in person is the back and forth discussion. In the pandemic online world, we can still hear from speakers, but it has been hard to create room for discussion. We want to invite you to recreate that space with us.

For the discussion, we want to ask two things of you:

FIRST: ASK QUESTIONS LIVE.

Use the comments on Youtube or Facebook to share your thoughts and ask a question. We know, we know, midwesterners hate drawing attention to themselves, but we have designed this format specifically so we can hear from you. Please think of a question beforehand, ask during the presentation.

SECOND: BUILD A TABLE DISCUSSION

Consider creating your own “table” to talk with friends after the presentation. You could use ZoomGoogle Meet, Facebook Rooms, or your own favorite video chat. Invite a group of friends to watch with you (live, or later on), and sign in to talk.

Here are the discussion questions. Who do you want to talk with?

  1. Where do you locate yourself on the religious spectrum? To what degree have you encountered traditions beyond your own? Have you been to a Buddhist or Hindu temple for a service? What was it like?
  2. Are there traditions beyond your own that are important for you? Do you consider yourself a Buddha-palian?
  3. For Karma Lekshe Tsomo working to amplify the voices and rights of women in her tradition has been a part of her path. Are there ways in which you are working for “reform from within” in your religious tradition? In your workplace? elsewhere?

March 24 Interfaith Conversations with Karma Lekshe Tsomo

On March 24 at 4:30​pm, we conclude (for now) a set of conversations with interfaith leaders. We’ll be joined by Karma Lekshe Tsomo. Dr. Tsomo is a Buddhist Nun, a professor of religious studies, and a leader in Buddhist feminism. She integrates scholarship and social activism through her work for education and women’s rights in Buddhism. Get a“Table Group”together to discuss after the live conversation!

We will stream the conversation live on the Theology on Tap Facebook Page, the Holy Communion Facebook Page, and the Holy Communion Youtube Channel. We would love for you to ask questions and share comments in any of the channels.

March 10 “Humanism and Atheism” with Dr. James Croft

On March 10 at 5:30pm, we continue a new set of conversations with interfaith leaders. Dr. James Croft and the Rev. Mike Angell will dialogue together about what it means to be a person of faith in today’s America. This dialogue will intentionally engage around questions of atheism, belief and what it means to be a congregation. Get a “Table Group” together to discuss after the live conversation!

We will stream the conversation live on theTheology on Tap Facebook Page, the Holy Communion Facebook Page, and the Holy Communion Youtube Channel. We would love for you to ask questions and share comments in any of the channels.

Be part of the Conversation for Theology on Tap Interfaith Conversation with the Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders

One of the things we miss most about Theology on Tap in person is the back and forth discussion. In the pandemic online world, we can still hear from speakers, but it has been hard to create room for discussion. We want to invite you to recreate that space with us.

For the discussion, we want to ask two things of you:

FIRST: ASK QUESTIONS LIVE.

Use the comments on Youtube or Facebook to share your thoughts and ask a question. We know, we know, midwesterners hate drawing attention to themselves, but we have designed this format specifically so we can hear from you. Please think of a question beforehand, ask during the presentation. What have you always wanted to ask a Jewish leader?

SECOND: BUILD A TABLE DISCUSSION

Consider creating your own “table” to talk with friends after the presentation. You could use ZoomGoogle Meet, Facebook Rooms, or your own favorite video chat. Invite a group of friends to watch with you (live, or later on), and sign in to talk.

Here are the discussion questions. Who do you want to talk with?

  1. Where do you locate yourself within your religious tradition? How does the discussion about the “Black Church” cross-denominationally intersect with your sense of place in your religious tradition? Do you have affiliations bigger than your denomination?
  2. Dr. Sanders talked about the questions faced by the Black Church in the St. Louis region. What questions does your particular tradition face in this area?
  3. To what degree has your faith driven you into action “into the streets?” To what degree does your faith take care of your inner life? Is there a tension between the two?

Feb 24 “The Black Church” with the Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders

On February 24 at 5:30pm, we continue a new set of conversations with interfaith leaders. Dr. Ben Sanders and the Rev. Mike Angell will dialogue together about what it means to be a person of faith in today’s America. This dialogue will intentionally engage around The Episcopal Church and the Black Church tradition. Get a “Table Group” together to discuss after the live conversation!

We will stream the conversation live on theTheology on Tap Facebook Page, the Holy Communion Facebook Page, and the Holy Communion Youtube Channel. We would love for you to ask questions and share comments in any of the channels.

Engage with us for Theology on Tap

One of the things we miss most about Theology on Tap in person is the back and forth discussion. In the pandemic online world, we can still hear from speakers, but it has been hard to create room for discussion. We want to invite you to recreate that space with us.

For the discussion, we want to ask two things of you:

First: ask questions live.

Use the comments on Youtube or Facebook to share your thoughts and ask a question. We know, we know, midwesterners hate drawing attention to themselves, but we have designed this format specifically so we can hear from you. Please think of a question beforehand, ask during the presentation. What have you always wanted to ask a Jewish leader?

Second: Build a Table Discussion

Consider creating your own “table” to talk with friends after the presentation. You could use Zoom, Google Meet, Facebook Rooms, or your own favorite video chat. Invite a group of friends to watch with you (live, or later on), and sign in to talk.

Here are the discussion questions. Who do you want to talk with?

  • Mike and Rori talked about how Jews and Christians practicing their faith in the pandemic, What has been a challenge for your faith, your traditions, in the pandemic Have their been new learnings for your faith and practice?
  • The conversation talked about a number of difficult places in Jewish/Christian relationship: the legacy and present reality of anti-semitism, sometimes even reinforced by Christian Worship, the complex questions around Israel/Palestine and US Politics. Do you have memories of a complex or beautiful moment of encounter across the Jewish/Christian relationship? What was meaningful about the moment for you?
  • Mike asked Rori to “locate herself” within Judaism. Where would you locate yourself on your own faith journey? Have you chosen that location intentionally? What brought you there?

February 10: “Judaism in Today’s America” an Interfaith Conversation with Maharat Rori Picker Neiss

On February 10 at 5:30pm, we kick off a new set of conversations with interfaith leaders.

Click here to read more about our new format.

Maharat Rori Picker Neiss serves as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of St Louis. Prior to that she was the Director of Programming, Education and Community Engagement at Bais Abraham Congregation, a Modern Orthodox Jewish synagogue in University City, MO.

Maharat Rori and the Rev. Mike Angell will dialogue together about what it means to be a person of faith in today’s America. Christianity and Judaism share many perspectives, and the important differences in our history, especially the violent history of Christian anti-Semitism, mean that our two faiths have important differences.

We will stream the conversation live on the Theology on Tap Facebook Page, the Holy Communion Facebook Page, and the Holy Communion Youtube Channel. We would love for you to ask questions and share comments in any of the channels. Please click here, to allow our streaming provider “Streamyard” to send us your name when you ask a question of Facebook. (Youtube doesn’t require this step).

Introducing Theology on Tap: Interfaith Conversations

we’re going to try something new for Theology on Tap….

On Wednesday February 10th, we’re going to try something new for Theology on Tap. While we are still in an online space, we have noticed that far more people are participating in Theology on Tap by watching our online stream through Facebook or Youtube. We’re going to embrace that direction.

February 10th, we will launch a new program “Interfaith Conversations.” For the months of February and March, we’re going to go live twice per month on Facebook and Youtube. The Rev. Mike Angell will speak with leaders in various religious movements about the role of faith today. You can watch live on Youtube, or on Facebook, and you can interact. We’ll be able to take questions, and see your reactions in real time.

Consider hosting a “watch party” with us. Invite a group of friends to watch live, to ask questions, and THEN sign organize a Zoom to talk about what you heard. We’ll make questions available for group discussion, but feel free to break off on your own.

We are excited about the possibilities offered by this new format, while we are still looking forward to the day we can safely gather again in a pub.

Questions for theology on Tap Dec. 2

The Church has changed. The church is Changing

  • A step in imagining a future is “lament.” We have to name what we are missing, what we have lost. What moments of lament have you felt? What are you missing?
  • The phrase “a new normal” has been bandied about a great deal. What learnings, ways of being, ideas do you hope to bring into the “new normal” in your personal and professional life?
  • There is no question, there is much the church needs to leave behind. What do we hope will be part of the “new normal” for the church?