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, October 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Our October topic is: The What, Why, and How of America's Opioid Crisis. America's rate of opioid-related deaths has been rising since the 1990s; on an average day, 130 Americans die by opioid overdose. In what ways has the narrative surrounding the opioid crisis been similar or different from that of other drugs in America? What is causing this crisis, and who bears responsibility for it? How should the country, and we as individuals, move forward to both save lives in the near term and address the root issues causing opioid addiction in the long term? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others.' 

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Previous Discussions

September | The Root of All Evil? Wealth in America
American households hold about $98 trillion of wealth, and money is clearly one of the greatest values in America. We’ll discuss the roles and responsibilities of individuals and corporations with wealth, from paying taxes to social and ethical responsibilities. What should be done with wealth? What is its purpose? What are its costs? And whose authority answers these questions?

August | I Have the Need for Speed
Overnight delivery service, online everything, fast food, drive-through coffee and cleaners, doing anything to avoid a line or a wait for anything – these are markers of priorities that are affecting the way we live, play, and work. What causes the need for speed? How actually helpful or harmful is this emphasis? What is it causing, does it have costs, and where is it taking us as individuals and as a culture?

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?

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