Martin Luther often invited friends and guests to his home to enjoy food and a good beer. The conversations around the table would be so engaging that his students recorded many of them. These conversations go everywhere, and yet somehow Jesus always shows up.

If you are ready to relax, have a pint, and speak easy about the big topics, wherever it may lead, then come join us for pub theology on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month at 6:30 pm. We are currently meeting at Southern Brewing and Winemaking on Nebraska Avenue, which is just south of Osborne. Please follow our Facebook page for weekly updates. Our topics vary and have often included current events, social justice, philosophy, and science. People of all religious backgrounds or no religious background at all are welcome to join the conversation. Invite a friend; all are welcome!

Here’s our current schedule of topics. Your feedback is always welcome; you can email me at gmorgan@stpaultampa.org.

 

13 July 2018 Should an open society tolerate the intolerant?
27 July 2018 What does a Christian theology of natural evolution look like?
10 August 2018 Should judges rule according to the original intent of the constitution, or according to the golden rule?
24 August 2018 Should we abolish the death penalty?
14 September 2018 Does God suffer?
28 September 2018 What are some of the local impacts of climate change here in Tampa?
12 October 2018 What should a Christian think about the environment and care of creation?
26 October 2018 [Break]
9 November 2018 Are antisemitism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism on the rise in this country?
23 November 2018 Is our consumer culture of constant shopping a kind of religion?
14 December 2018 Is access to affordable health care a human right?
28 December 2018 Is Mary the mother of God?

 

Over the course of the next several weeks, and into January, people will be signing up for health coverage through the market place created by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Is such access a human right? What might guide our deliberations to think ethically and theologically about health care and human rights?

For those who would like to learn more, please check out the ELCA social statement Caring for Health: Our Shared Endeavor. You can also look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s reflections on the rights to natural and bodily life in Ethics, embedded below.

What do you think? Come tell us about it!

+Vicar Gabriel

 

Natural Life by Bonhoeffer

 

If you’re interested to learn more about this kind of ministry, check out Castle Church Brewing Community in Orlando, an authorized worshiping community of the ELCA with a brand new location opening soon. Turns out we’re not the only ones doing ministry with a beer in hand! I just hope Aaron doesn’t mind that we borrowed his awesome bottle cap! Once their new location is open, stay tuned for pub theology on tour, where we’ll take a little road trip to Orlando.