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God on Tap Tuesday: The Challenges and Gifts of Faithful Living

God on Tap Tuesday: The Challenges and Gifts of Faithful Living

Join us for God on Tap tomorrow night, Tuesday March 24th 7:30pm, upstairs at Forest & Main Brewing Company. Our topic will be the challenges and gifts of living as people of faith in today's world.

At our last gathering just a couple weeks ago, we started talked about the capacity of religions to do harm and to help. As the conversation went on, we talked much more personally about the challenges and tensions we experience living our faith. We talked about the tension in living between a capitalist economic system that leverages self-interest and an ethic of faith that emphasizes the interests and needs of others. We talked about the ways we try to make a difference and shine a light in big and small ways in a world that often seems so dark and troubled. 

What are the challenges you experience of living out your faith today? What are the gifts?

What are the tensions you experience between Christianity and culture? How do you negoitate them?

See you tomorrow night!

Image: Welling Court Murals in Queens, NYC, photo taken by Jes Kast-Keat 

Tonight's God on Tap Postponed Due to Weather

Tonight's God on Tap is postponed due to expected winter weather hitting the area this afternoon. We are looking to reschedule for Tuesday, March 10th, same time, same place, same topic. I will confirm that date once I've talked with Forest & Main. Will this winter ever end? :) - Keith

When Religions Do Harm

When Religions Do Harm

Join us for our next God on Tap on Tuesday, March 10th from 7:30-9:00pm upstairs at Forest & Main. Our topic will be the capacity for religion to do great good and great harm.

You may have heard some of the chatter following the White House Prayer Breakfast when President Obama talked about how religious extemism is not exclusive to Islam, but that the history of Christianity is also marked by extremism like the Crusades, to which we might also add The Spanish Inquisition and, particularly difficult for Lutherans—the Holocaust.

Some of the questions that come to mind for our conversation are: how do we acknowledge the pain our religion traditions have caused? What makes that difficult? How do we own up to our own history and recognize the intended or unintended consequences of the ways we read the Bible, practice faith, and organize our religious communities?

Of course, it would be nice to think that all the harm Christianity has done is all in the past. It would be easy to say, and many do, that Islam is somehow a primitive religious culture whereas Christians are now more enlightened. In fact, Islam has been at the forefront of scientific and artistic culture for centuries—at times well ahead of Christianity. And Christianity, while priding itself on its Western enlightenment, often remains blind to the way we still do harm.

So, what are the ways the church may still do harm today? How can we rectify that? How do we remain faithful members of a religious tradition while still being honest enough to critique it? On the flip side, is this capacity for harm something keeps you away from organized religion? Does the difficult history of organized religions invalidate the entire tradition?

See you on Tuesday!

God on Tap Date Change to March 3rd

Greetings all! We have changed the date for our next God on Tap gathering from February 24th to Tuesday, March 3rd—still upstairs at Forest & Main at 7:30pm. We figured it would be good to have a little breathing space between our Brewing for the Greater Good event this Saturday and our next regular gathering.

We'll send out a full post next week about our topic for March 3rd, but as a preview—we'll be talking about the capacity for religion to do great good and great harm. You may have heard some of the chatter following the White House Prayer Breakfast when President Obama talked about how religious extemism is not exclusive to Islam, but that the history of Christianity is also marked by extremism like the Crusades, to which we might also add The Inquisition, and others. 

Some of the questions that come to mind for our conversation are: How do we acknowledge the pain our religion traditions have caused? What makes that difficult? In terms of Christianity, what are the ways the church may still do harm today? How can we rectify that? How do we remain faithful members of a religious tradition while still being honest enough to critique it? On the flip side, it is this capacity for harm that keeps you away from organized religion?

Look for more on this next week. In the meantime, we hope you can join us for Brewing for the Greater Good on Saturday!

January 27th God on Tap Cancelled

Due to the snow storm due to hit the Philadelphia area today and tomorrow, we are going to cancel our God on Tap gathering originally scheduled for tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 27th. We'll meet again on our next regularly scheduled God on Tap night, Tuesday, February 24th at 7:30pm.

In the meantime, please be sure to reserve your tickets for Brewing for the Greater Good on Saturday, February 21st, 4-6pm. It's going to be a great event! You can now purchase tickets right through the Forest & Main website. Please share the event with your friends. 

Enjoy the snow and be safe!

Brewing for the Greater Good, February 21st

Brewing for the Greater Good, February 21st

Join us for "Brewing for the Greater Good," A Beer Tasting event to benefit the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard, Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 4-6pm, downstairs at From the Boot, sponsored by Forest & Main Brewing Company, God on Tap, and Upper Dublin Lutheran Church.

One of our goals at God on Tap is to extend care and support to our local community. This fall we collected Halloween costumes for kids as well as non-perishable food items. We are excited to announce that next month we are partnering with Forest & Main Brewing Company to put on a fundraiser to benefit the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard. Dan Endicott, co-owner of F&M will lead a beer tasting program, where we will sample F&M beers while Dan describes the beers and the brewing process. Each person will get a commemorate sample glass to take home, and there will be food from From the Boot. All proceeds go to the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard.

It's going to be a great event. Tickets are $40, which covers your beer, the program, food, the glass, and even gets you a small discount at F&M after the event. Tickets are available for purchase online at our Eventbrite page. Please purchase tickets in advance and then print and bring your ticket the day of the event. Here's all the information. Please help spread the word!

 

Brewing for the Greater Good

A Beer Tasting to Benefit the Mattie N. Dixon Food Cupboard in Ambler

Enjoy some great beer and support a great cause!

Saturday, February 21st, 4:00-6:00pm

Downstairs at From the Boot (110 East Butler Avenue, Ambler)

Brought to you by Forest & Main Brewing Company and the God on Tap community at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church

 

Tickets are $40 and include:

A beer tasting hosted by Dan Endicott, co-owner of the award winning Forest & Main Brewing Company in Ambler, featuring a number of F&M beers

Food from From the Boot

A commemorative beer tasting glass for you to keep

When you show your event ticket at Forest & Main after the event the evening of February 21st you’ll get $1 off each beer you purchase

A great feeling knowing you’ve helped neighbors in need

All proceeds go to the Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard

*Purchase your tickets online here through Eventbrite*

Get in Touch

God on Tap is hosted by members and friends of Upper Dublin Lutheran Church. Contact Keith Anderson for more information.