Theology at the Bottleworks

Hosting events for the purpose of creating space for dialogue and discussion on matters of cultural significance.

Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. Always free and open to absolutely anyone. Join us the third Wednesday of every month for our discussion at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood

Join us for this month's discussion

Wednesday, July 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This month's topic is: Can we have a sane, civil, and intelligent discussion about abortion? We need the prayer support of our church family for this event. Theology at the Bottleworks is full almost every month, so space at this July session will be limited. We need your prayers for peace, for an atmosphere of loving our neighbor, and for representing Christ well. For those considering attending, please make civil and intelligent discussion your goals and be as willing to listen as you are to speak.

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Previous Discussions

June | Safe and Secure
According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, safety and security are second only to our physiological needs for food and water. Can we be safe in a world where dangers and seemingly endless reports of mass shootings, online hackers, or other threats abound? What does it mean to feel safe and secure? Are "safe spaces" safe? Do security guards protect our sense of security? What is our responsibility for the physical, emotional, and psychological safety of others? 

May | What's Right and Wrong with Human Nature?
Do we possess a set of universal instincts and experiences that make us human? If so, do these lead us more toward good or toward evil? What role do our nature, our nurture, and our individual choices play in forming human behavior? How do we develop or harness the best aspects of human nature while also counteracting the worst? 

April | The Most Interesting Convo Ever on Taxes: What We Pay, Why We Pay, or Do We Pay at All? 
Taxes of multiple kinds are part of life in America. Just what taxes do we pay and should we pay? Are taxes a valuable part of being in a community? Do you or should you pay taxes at all? Are our taxes just? We’ll explore taxation in America from philosophical, sociological, economic, spiritual and cultural perspectives.

March | Talking About Aging Never Gets Old
Everyone wants to live a long life, but no one wants to "age." Why? We are living longer, but are we fighting against aging more than ever? Studies suggest older people are happier, so are our assumptions, attitudes, and fears about youth and aging wrong?

February | Love at First Swipe: The Effect of Technology on Love and Relationships
As our society becomes increasingly connected through smartphones, apps, and social media, the frequency and nature of romantic connection are inevitably changing as well. Has technology changed intimacy for better or for worse? How should we interact with technology to best facilitate romantic flourishing – and what does that actually mean today?

January | The Importance of NOT Being Earnest
Our culture seems full of people in frequent outrage. Why is outrage so pervasive? When might anger and outrage be a duty; and when is it wrong? Why is the art of civil disagreement dying and polarization increasing? Are we losing the ability to see what matters much and what doesn’t? What issues to you are worth passion, outrage, or other high emotion – and which are not?

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