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Pub Theology @ The Distant Whistle
On the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., starting Sep. 7, I (Greg) will be at the bar looking for meaningful conversations and building relationships. So what is “Pub Theology”? In a nutshell, it is people sitting around a table, talking about issues of faith and philosophy, ethics and ideas over a beverage. It is a safe space, where people can be open and honest about topics of faith, ask any questions, and at the end of the night, know that it is perfectly fine if we disagree with one another. I will not preach and no one is going to make anyone pray, sign a faith statement, or tithe. In other words, it has nothing to do with the church. To be clear, beer is not a requirement. And yet a neighborhood bar or a local craft brewery can make a great setting, and beer signals that this is a laid-back time, despite the topics being discussed. That said, non-alcoholic beverages are available, and everyone is welcome, regardless of beverage choice. Pub Theology is not an evangelism program. It is not about gathering a bunch of “unchurched” folk together and giving a gospel presentation. Pub Theology is not a lecture, where one expert pontificates to everyone else and only one opinion is present. Pub Theology is not a Bible study at the bar. It is not a Christian “small group.” It is an open conversation, where anyone is able to share their thoughts about life and faith, including atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Buddhists, and everyone in between. An open conversation, by its very nature, will welcome everyone, including non-Christians, humanists, and people of all ethnic, religious and sexual orientations. In other words, Pub Theology seeks to be the welcoming space that churches often claim to be, but generally, for one reason or another, are not. Research shows that the youngest generations are less and less interested in church as an institution, and do not regularly attend any worship services. Yet they remain very interested in spirituality and religion. All of which makes a Pub Theology gathering as timely as ever. So, yes, it is true! I am at the bar having a good time!