Join us on Wednesday, May 10th as we again partner with Christ Lutheran Church of Oreland for Pub Theology Night at our new meeting place, The Broad Axe Tavern on Route 73 in Amber at 6:30pm for faith, fellowship, food and more. If you plan on attending please RSVP to Pastor Suloff or the church office so that we can be sure to reserve enough space at The Broad Axe. Here’s what we will be discussing:
Icebreaker Question: Android or iPhone or other? What do you use your phone for?
- “You know how you finish a bag of chips and you hate yourself?” You know you’ve done nothing good for yourself. That’s the same feeling, and you know it is, after some digital binge. You feel wasted and hollow and diminished.” – Dave Eggers, author of The Circle. Discuss your digital consumption and how you find balance in this area.
- Hope: where do you find it these days?
- Theme at a church workshop: “I Know We’re All Welcome at the Table, But Do I Have To Sit Next to You?” Discuss the challenges of being in community and in relationship with people for whom you have significant differences.
- Karen Armstrong in her article: “Metaphysical mistake”: “The extraordinary and eccentric emphasis on “belief” in Christianity today is an accident of history that has distorted our understanding of religious truth. We call religious people “believers”, as though acceptance of a set of doctrines was their principal activity, and before undertaking the religious life many feel obliged to satisfy themselves about the metaphysical claims of the church, which cannot be proven rationally since they lie beyond the reach of empirical sense data.” Most other traditions prize practice above creedal orthodoxy: Buddhists, Hindus, Confucians, Jews, and Muslims would say religion is something you do, and that you cannot understand the truths of faith unless you are committed to a transformative way of life that takes you beyond the prism of selfishness. All good religious teaching – including such Christian doctrines as the Trinity or the Incarnation – basically a summons to action. Yet instead of being taught to act creatively upon them, many modern Christians feel it is more important to “believe” them. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?