Join us for our next God on Tap, Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30pm. Our topic will be Third Places and Sacred Spaces and our special guest will be Dan Endicott, co-owner of Forest & Main Brewing Company.
We are going to be talking about the unique role community hubs like Forest & Main play in our community, and the ways in which they can even function (as they have for us at God on Tap many times) as sacred space.
I’ve had the chance to talk with Dan on a few occasions about the story of Forest & Main—what they envisioned as they started out and what they have learned along the way. I think this conversation will give us a better appreciation for this place we’ve been gathering over the last two years, and our own God on Tap experience.
Before we get together, it might be helpful to describe what we mean by “third place” and “sacred space.”
Join us for our next God on Tap on Tuesday, September 23rd, 7:30pm at Forest & Main! Our topic will be Living in a Religiously Diverse World.
As you know, we live in a religiously diverse world. There are people of different faiths (or none at all) in our extended families and in our workplaces. We are more aware than ever of the complicated role that differing religious beliefs can play in world events.
Living in religiously diverse families, workplaces, country, and world raises some interesting questions:
- How do we understand the role of Christianity in light of different faiths? Is Christianity the only way to God, or one of many paths to God? Is Jesus' "way" narrow or broad?
- How does the encounter with other faiths shape our Christian faith and practice? For example, I know my approach to Scripture has been influenced and deepened by Jewish Biblical interpretation. My prayer life has been shaped, in part, by Buddist meditation practices.
- How can people of different faiths co-exist instead of fighting over who's right?
I'm excited that David Grafton, professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Dialogue, and regular at God on Tap, will be our guest facilitator for this topic. David brings great knowledge and sensitivity to this topic. He won't be presenting. He'll be helping us to reflect together on our encounters with other relgions and the questions, concerns, and enrichment it brings.
Also, as part of a new initative of serving our neighbors through God on Tap, we will be collecting gently used children's Halloween costumes for children who can't afford them. Please bring them with you on Tuesday and we'll make sure it reaches kids that need them.
Join us on Tuesday, July 29th 7:30pm at Forest and Main for our next God on Tap! Our topic is Silver Linings Playbook.
Have you ever gotten bad news or had a bad experience that turned out to be positive in the end?
One of my favorite movies to come out recently is Silver Linings Playbook, which was filmed right here in Philly. It tells the story of people who are forced to confront their grief, heartbreak, fears, and tragedy, and in doing so—and with the help of one another—they discover that life still has a silver lining.
It's really amazing how often that even the midst of the storms of life, moments of grace, love, and kindness shine through. They may not cure us or solve all our problems, but they remind us that we are not alone, and that we can endure, and that there is always hope and the promise of a new day. For me, they are also reminders that God is at work, even when we have a hard time seeing or feeling it.
I hope you'll join us on the 29th and bring your stories of the silver linings you've discovered along the way.
Join us at our next God on Tap, Tuesday, June 24th at 7:30pm at Forest & Main for our topic "On a Mission From God."
Each of us is called to be of service to our neighbors, but we do it in different ways. Some people feel called to travel hundreds or thousands of miles on mission trips. Some volunteer in their local community. And all of us can be "on a mission" and of service to others right in the places where we are, in the midst of whatever we our doing—at home, at work, in the neighborhood, with family, with friends, and strangers.
Like the Blues Brothers, we are all on a mission from God. It may not be getting the old band back together, but most of the time it has something to do with repairing our broken world.
Join us tonight at 7:30pm for God on Tap! Tonight’s topic is “How Do You Unplug?”
Over the course of this long Memorial Day weekend I was delighted to see and hear all the ways people were spending their time off. Some people headed to the shore. Some to the mountains. Some explored locally and some just vegged out at home.
What did you do this weekend? How do you unplug from work and your daily responsibilities? What works for you and why?
Join us for God on Tap, Tuesday April 29th at 7:30pm upstairs at Forest and Main! Our topic is Music that Speaks to Your Soul.
Music plays a big part in our spiritual lives, but most of the time, perhaps because it so prevalent, we don't give it much thought. We know what we like and we play it. There are songs we play when we are happy, songs that bring us solace when we are sad. Music can be a source of wisdom, understanding, inspiration, and consolation. Certain songs give us words to describe our experiences. And they go beyond words. A certain riff or beat or modulation can speak just as powerfully as the words themselves. And it can range from classical to rap and everthing in between.