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9/16/2016 11:10 am  #1


Beer and Jesus?

Jesus and beer: Some religious groups finding way to combine both


WAUKESHA, Wis. -- Angela Caddell started struggling with her Christianity 14 years ago when she came out as gay. But a gathering at a bar to talk faith over a cold beer once a month is helping her feel more connected to her religion.

“If you’re an atheist you are welcome. .... I’m a lesbian, I’m totally welcome,” said the 32-year-old from nearby Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, at a recent gathering.

“Tonight we’re talking about scapegoating. There is no scapegoating that happens here.”

This event is called “Jesus & Beer” and it’s part of an effort by some Christian groups throughout the country to recruit parishioners, connect with people struggling with faith or provide a relaxed outlet to talk religion.

Caddell heard about the event through Brandon Brown, pastor at CollectiveMKE. He started the gatherings once a month at area bars about 1½ years ago. He doesn’t have a stand-alone church and knew that his non-traditional gatherings wouldn’t attract social conservatives. About two dozen people attend.

“I think it also completely unsettles everyone’s expectations in that they know what it is to talk about their faith in a church but most people have never done it in a bar so it’s a totally new environment and maybe fresh,” Brown said. “In addition to that, I’ll be honest: a beer or two doesn’t hurt the conversation at all.”

While bringing people together to throw one back and talk religion isn’t a new idea, groups have been turning to the non-traditional pub setting to attract younger people such as millennials. According to a Pew Research Center study, the number of U.S. adults who are affiliated with an organized religion dropped from 83 percent in 2007 to 77 percent in 2014, a trend particularly striking in the millennial generation.

That younger group is the focus of a monthly bar event organized by the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, said Emily Burds, the Catholic church’s Director of Evangelization. Besides a free beer, there’s usually a meet and greet, a speaker and discussion.

About 60 to 70 people come each month to the “Brewing the Faith” gatherings, which Burds sees as a “means to an end.”

“Obviously the end is like greater faith and a relationship with God but also to be connected to a parish community somewhere where they are living,” Burds said.

During the summer they also organize “Theology on Tap,” a lecture series that has spread worldwide after starting with the Archdioceses of Chicago in 1981. It involves bars or restaurants and targets younger people.

Burds said they trained some young adults in mingling skills to make sure everyone feels welcome and a sense of belonging - “what every millennial really is searching for,” Burds said.

It worked for James Wronski, 22, a new Milwaukee resident who attended a beer garden event.

“I think this kind of relaxed social atmosphere where you come, you meet people, you drink, you relax and you kind of learn and educate yourself, that’s a big draw to millennials.”

But alcohol certainly isn’t new to Catholicism, with wine being an integral part of the sacrament of Holy Communion, said Rev. John Laurance, associate professor of theology at Marquette University.

“You know one of the Psalms says, ‘God gave wine to cheer up people’s hearts,’ so even the prayer book of the Old Testament sees that this is a gift from God,” Laurance said.


We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 
 

9/16/2016 1:31 pm  #2


Re: Beer and Jesus?

Free beer is now they got me to vote for Lyndon LaRouche back in '96


I think you're going to see a lot of different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. - President Donald J. Trump
 

9/16/2016 1:58 pm  #3


Re: Beer and Jesus?

Not the craziest thing someone has done for beer, but it ranks right up there.


We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 
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9/16/2016 2:01 pm  #4


Re: Beer and Jesus?

Here would be a good beer to discuss this thread with.....
 
DuClaw Brewing Sweet Baby Jesus. A Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.  
https://duclaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/beerlabel_sweetbabyjesus.jpg


I'm not a big fan of porters, as they are too sweet/malty for my taste, but this one does kind of taste like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in liquid form.

DuClaw is a Maryland brewery so it should be easy to find in York/Lancaster.


I think you're going to see a lot of different United States of America over the next three, four, or eight years. - President Donald J. Trump
 

9/16/2016 4:55 pm  #5


Re: Beer and Jesus?

I've had that porter....spot on description.   Wyndridge Barn Dog has the chocolate taste sans peanut butter.

A couple of weeks ago I saw that St. Matthew Lutheran in York has some type of "bottles and Bibles" event at the Holy Hound Taproom on a regular basis.


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