Cold beer and hot topics enter into the village this summer for the annual South Side Theology on Tap.
Hosted by St. Bernadette Parish, the 4-week conversation series made its first appearance three years ago, "when four parishes worked together to present young adults in their comunities with a way to discuss their faith," according to the organization.
St. Bernadette is partnering with parishes from Beverly to Hickory Hills to invite young adults from across the South Side to participate.
Held at parishes and universities throughout the world, Theology on Tap began in the Chicago area in 1981. The idea came from Office of Young Adult Ministry director Father John Cusick, who is still actively participating in Theology on Tap sessions throughout the country. He recently commented on why he started Theology on Tap. “What gets me nervous is that every generation appears to be more secular than the same age group one generation ahead of them, and that’s sort of alarming. Everybody keeps saying, ‘The young adults are the future of the Church.’ No, they’re not. They are the present Church.”
Theology on Tap brings those college-aged and in their twenties and thirties into dialogue with questions about faith and meaning. Married or single, living at home or starting homes and families of their own, this time of life is exciting for many. Those in college begin to think about career opportunities and hone their professional and academic skills. Those working continue to build their expertise and personal dignity. Yet school and careers are not ends in themselves. They often open up more questions than they answer. Theology on Tap provides those in their 20s and 30s a venue to explore these important questions.
South Side Theology on Tap will be held on the north lawn of , 9311 S Francisco Ave, July 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 6:30 p.m. Below are the speakers that will give a talk and lead conversation:
- July 8: Fr. Dominic Grassi--Signs for Our Times: Catholic Signs and Symbols
- July 15: Sr. Marybeth Martin--Praying Well Whether You’re Plugged in or Not
- July 22: Fr. Brian Welter--God’s Invitation and Our Response
- July 29: Fr. Britto Berchmans--Emotionally Intelligent Relationships
Check back with Patch Saturday morning for a preview of Sunday's session.
All college-aged and in their twenties and thirties are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Enjoy free dinner, beer, and wine; reconnect with neighbors; and meet new friends. Food and drinks are served at 6:30 p.m., and the speakers and conversation begin at 7:30.