This is a conversation meetup. Join us for thoughtful and open discussions, primarily about God, but also science, history, psychology, philosophy, various facets of theology, and more. We'll meet in neutral places like pubs so that we can have relaxed and open discussions. We welcome those who believe and those who aren't sure - regular church-goers and refugees from church and those who have never been.
We want this to be a safe place to ask questions and to learn from each other so the "rules" are pretty basic:
1. Treat everyone with kindness and respect. 2. Approach the conversation with humility, because we're all learning. 3. Listen to hear what others are saying. 4. We avoid 'us and them' arguments and stay away from personal attacks.
To clarify things a little more, we offer this:
"So what is Pub Theology? In a nutshell, it’s 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 honest and open about topics of faith, ask any questions, and at the end of the night, know that it’s perfectly fine if we disagree with one another. In other words, this isn’t church, and no one is going to make anyone pray, sign a faith statement, or tithe (though be sure to tip the bartender!).
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, Muslims, Zoroastrians, 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." --- Pub Theology 101: A Guide to Cultivating Meaningful Conversations at the Pub by Brian Berghof
In the interest of full disclosure, Sinners, Saints, and Skeptics: Pub Theology is sponsored by St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, but we welcome everyone and there's absolutely no pressure to join - hence the neutral location. This group started because some of us had friends who want to talk about stuff and ask questions but were dubious about trying to do that in a church. And hey, somebody had to foot the bill to register this meetup!