What we're about
Our Pub Theologians range from non-drinking atheists to beer-sipping clergy. Whatever you believe or like to drink you are welcome.
We seek to respect, discuss & learn from many faith traditions, doubters, skeptics, atheists & agnostics. This is not "bible study with beer!", a lecture-type setting, nor is it a place to attempt to bluntly proselytize. It is a place to have spirited, authentic, sometimes deep, sometimes light, conversations about life, meaning, faith and spiritual journeys.
We meet twice per month on the first and third Thursdays from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm (with occasional bonus meetings). RSVPs are greatly appreciated.
Our discussions are guided by the following values:
• All are welcome.
• One conversation at a time improves the experience.
• Respect for all views and individuals, even if they are not present.
• We come to enjoy conversation and learn, not to proselytize or argue.
• We seek to respect, discuss & learn from many faith traditions, doubters, skeptics, atheists & agnostics.
We encourage members to use a recognizable face picture, a brief personal introduction & at least their first name (not a screen name) in their Pub Theology group profile. It helps!
Wisdom shared by the founder of Pub Theology groups:
"Pub Theology sessions often begin with strangers gathering around a table to discuss deeply held views and beliefs. This may seem awkward, or perhaps a bit strange, and certainly a bit intimidating. Yet, I’ve discovered that at the pub, with fellow Christians, atheists, agnostics and believers of other traditions, something magical happens around that table, with half-full pints and honest conversation. We begin to care about each other. We see each other, not primarily as: someone who believes differently, someone who has a wrong view on God, or politics, or sexuality, but as a conversation partner, a person with hopes and dreams, and ultimately, a friend." - Bryan Berghoef, founder of Pub Theology groups
"People have been gathering in pubs and public spaces for ages, talking about life, philosophy, faith, and deep questions of meaning. Increasingly, people all over are rediscovering the pub as a safe, open space where they can explore and express their own doubts and questions, learn from others, and engage people of varying religious traditions. In our increasingly fractured society, these spaces are not only welcome, but needed. The format is simple: beer, conversation, and God. Come bring your questions, your curiosity, and pull up a chair. Be ready to engage with people of varying religious traditions, philosophical perspectives and life experiences. You’ll be able to share your own wrestlings and thoughts while learning something new along the way, and hey— there’s likely to be a good craft beer you haven’t tried yet!"
- quoted from http://pubtheology.com/about/
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