In January Spirit Garage launched a new event, in partnership with the young adult group at Bethlehem Lutheran. 3rd Thursday Theology on Tap will be held at Sisters’ Sludge Coffee and Wine bar at 38th street and 23rd Avenue S. The next one will be February 15th, from 7-8:30 PM.
At the first “soft launch” about 8 people showed up to discuss the question of the ages about religion: If God is all-powerful and all-knowing and all-loving, why do bad things happen?
When you arrive at Sisters’ Sludge, there are two sides; we take over the part by the fireplace, that has some couches and some chairs gathered around. On the table in front of you will be a few light appetizers, name tags and a “quotes and questions” page. This has a variety of different quotes on the subject to get you thinking, followed by some questions to use as jumping off points.
A few minutes after the start time, there is an introduction. In that introduction, you will hear that you are welcome there, with whatever questions, doubts, assurances, ideas, or lived experiences you come with. You are also invited to be listen for the wisdom of your neighbor.
Then we ask everyone to introduce themselves. This last month we asked people to say their name, and one unhelpful thing that people say when someone is suffering—like “God needed another angel.”
After that, we see where the conversation takes us. On the first night we ended up talking about the difference in magnitude between our personal heartbreaks and, say, Syria. We also talked about where God is in suffering…causing it or sitting in it. One question we tossed around is whether God makes bad things happen to teach us lessons, or alternatively, finds ways to make something good out of the bad things that happen.
Its hard to say—but we’re not there for answers as much as conversation. So join the conversation! In February, since it is the day after Valentine’s day, it seems appropriate to talk about Love and Marriage…like that song “Love and Marriage…go together like a horse and carriage…” Um…this is a really horrible metaphor. One is a working animal owned by a riding owner…
So, until 3rd Thursday. See you there.
Pastor @ Spirit Garage