October 7: “Toppling Statues?” with the Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders

On October 7 theology on tap will meet at 6:00pm in Tower Grove Park. Registration required. Spaces are limited.

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.

Since we cannot meet indoors safely, we will have this month’s theology on Tap in Tower Grove Park at the “Son’s of Rest Pavilion.” The largest of Tower Grove’s pavilions, it is located near the southeast corner of the park, near the Stupp Center.

This month The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders of Eden Seminary will lead our discussion. The Sons of Rest Pavilion, where we’ll meet, is very close to the place where a Cristopher Columbus statues stood until a few months ago. We’ll talk about the moments of the Black Lives Matter movement, our international conversation about race and human rights. We’ll ask together whether removing a statue was a goal in and of itself, or a step in an ongoing process.

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, wear a mask and keep physically distant from folks not in your own household. Feel free to order and pick up some food and a beverage from our partners at Schlafly.

Registration is required, and there are limited spaces. Reserve today.

Questions for tonight’s discussion: Re-Defining Peace

Take some time to introduce yourself. Say how you decided to join the conversation tonight.

1) What is “peace” to you? What images, sounds, spaces, places, people, smells etc do you associate with peace? Have you ever been in a place or time where you couldn’t find peace? What was that like?

2) Mike states that to know peace, we have to be willing to face uncovering. Name a time an injustice, big or small, was uncovered for you.

3) Mike talks about glimpsing peace in our work at Laundry Love, on Gun Violence, and in El Salvador. Where have you glimpsed “the world as it should be?” How can more people have access to these glimpses?

September 9: “Re-defining Peace” with the Rev. Mike Angell

On September 9 we will meet online at 6:30pm

UPDATE: This event will now be held online using Zoom. Please register, and a Zoom Link will be sent to you.

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

This month The Rev. Mike Angell will be the featured speaker, and Hannah Shanks will serve as the guest host. Mike will be talking about his new book “How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice?” available now from Church Publishing. (This event will also be the public “book launch.”) We will talk about the work to re-define peace. Our rector argues, following Dr. King, Romero, and even Jesus, that peace from a Christian perspective is not best understood as the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice.Join us and bring friends and your questions!

Feel free to order and pick up some food and a beverage from our partners at Schlafly.

Registration is required, and there are limited spaces. Reserve today.

Questions for June 3 : “Bi-furious Pride” with Elle Dowd

These questions will guide our small group discussion.

  1. In your upbringing, were faith and your body connected or disconnected? How so? Are there particular stories you can tell or messages you received around the body or sexuality that you embrace or want to distance from?

2. Where have you found “counter-narratives” about sexuality, the body, and spirituality? Is Pride one of those for you? Have you ever thought of Pride through the lens of spirituality?

3. Has there ever been a time that you felt alienated from your body? What contributed to this alienation? What was that like? What places, experiences, or things help you feel most connected to your body? What parts of your body feel particularly holy, divine, or spiritual today?

June 3: “Bi-Furious Pride” with Elle Dowd

On June 3, for Pride Month, we will be joined by Elle Dowd.

Once the Youth Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, through her activism in Ferguson and her social media presence, Elle has become an important voice at the intersections of theology, body positivity, sex, and queer biblical interpretation. Elle calls herself “bi-furious,” and we’ll explore what that means as she pursues ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and in her current ministry.

This month, we’re taking Theology on Tap online. Until we feel reasonably sure that gathering in person will be safe, even for vulnerable participants, our events will continue to happen online. So you’re invited to Bring Your Own Beverages, Food, and importantly Friends! Let’s gather and talk!

We will be sending the Zoom link out using our email list. Sign up to get the email.

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Questions for May 6: “American Prophets” w/journalist Jack Jenkins

These questions will guide our small group discussion for May 6’s Theology on Tap.

  1. Name a “cause” or “issue” that is particularly close to you. How does it intersect with your faith? Could you work on that cause with your faith community?

2. Have you ever been inspired in worship, or at a protest? In song? Hearing a speaker/preacher? Where was that, tell the story? What are the resonances between worship and protest?

3. What are the avenues for working on justice, with or without your faith community, in the midst of a pandemic?

May 6: “American Prophets” w/journalist Jack Jenkins

On May 6, we will be joined by AP and Religion News Service journalist Jack Jenkins. The topic will be “American Prophets.”

Jack is also the author of the just released book American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country, (and you can order it here!)

This month, we’re taking Theology on Tap online. Like all gatherings in the St. Louis Region, Theology on Tap this month can only safely happen online. So you’re invited to Bring Your Own Beverages, Food, and importantly Friends! Let’s gather and talk!

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

We will be sending the Zoom link out using our email list. Sign up to get the email.

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Online edition: April 1: “Faith for Challenging Times” with bishop-elect Deon Johnson

This month, we’re taking Theology on Tap online. Like all gatherings in the St. Louis Region, Theology on Tap this month can only safely happen online. So you’re invited to Bring Your Own Beverages, Food, and importantly Friends! Let’s gather and talk!

The bishop-elect of the Diocese of Missouri, The Rev. Deon Johnson will be with us on April 1. Our topic is, “Being Church in a Changing Time.”

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

Holy Communion is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Theology on Tap, Zoom Edition with The (almost) Right Rev. Deon Johnson
Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/316370376

Meeting ID: 316 370 376

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Wednesday March 4: “Faith in the Primary?” with The Rev. Mike Angell

Theology on Tap this month will take a theological look at the race for president in 2020. While not endorsing any one candidate or policy position, we will look at clips and quotes, places where faith has played a role in the race thus far. We will ask the age old question: what role should religion play in politics?
The Rev. Mike Angell came to St. Louis from Washington, DC. He has been active on both the local and national stage in questions about faith and our political life. He is the author of the forthcoming: “How can I live Peacefully with Justice?” from Church publishing. He is the regular organizer of Theology on Tap.
Theology on tap meets the first Wednesday of most months at Schlafly Bottleworks.
Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today. Join us and bring friends!

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