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.

Be part of the Conversation for Theology on Tap with Dr. James Croft

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, especially vis a vis the “God” question? What beliefs about God don’t work for you? What beliefs about God are very important to you? Are you an “evangelist” for your viewpoint?
  2. In the midst of covid, what have you learned about community? How important is “congregating” or being a part of a congregation? What matters about it for you?
  3. Mike and James have very different starting places around “belief,” but often run into one another while working for justice. What motivates you to “get out into the streets?” Are there core commitments that have to do with your religious, spiritual, or philosophical understandings?

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.

December 2: “The church has changed. The church is changing” with Bishop Deon K Johnson

On December 2, the Bishop joins us.

This month we gather online with Bishop Deon for virtual Theology on Tap. Following our first ever live-streamed convention, the Bishop will join us to talk about the ways the church has already changed.

He’ll also talk about the way it is changing for the future. We are kicking off a Diocesan-wide visioning process. We’ll learn more about the direction we are heading together.

Please Register using the link below. Please be sure your profile “name” on Zoom matches your registration. We may not admit anonymous arrivals, or people who have not registered. : https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-meeting

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?