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Same-sex couples. Interpreting the Bible. Being your brother’s keeper.
If those sound a lot like some barroom conversations, they are — or soon will be. But they will be presented in a framework of Christian faith.
The topics are part of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church’s new edition of “Theology on Tap,” coordinated by the parish’s Young Adult Ministries. The free series is conducted at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays during the months of September, October and November.
They are presented at The Powerhouse Brewing Co.’s Columbus Bar, aimed especially at Catholics age 18 to about 30, according to Theresa Stepancikova.
She’s the church’s Young Adult Ministries leader who wanted to find a way to assemble young people to discuss vital points of the Catholic faith.
A church-hosted event she tried saw only five people attend, so she decided to move discussions to an informal setting where some members already gathered.
Organizers said it was a way to give young people a way to meet others and grow in their faith. The gatherings have also identified some future Catholic leaders.
The upcoming schedule:
Sept. 4: “Rules vs. Relationship: Are You Christ’s Slave or Friend?” Speaker will be Maggie Hagenauer.
Sept. 18: “Are Catholics Bigots? Understanding the Church’s Teaching on Same-Sex Attraction.” Speaker will be Kile Stevens.
Oct. 2: “The Seven Sacraments: Made-Up Rituals or Divinely-Instituted Fonts of Grace?” Speaker will be the Rev. Guy Roberts.
Oct. 16: “Why Do You Call Him Father? The role of the ordained priest in the church.” Speaker will be the Rev. Patrick Beidelman.
Nov. 6: “Literally or Literarily: How Do Catholics Interpret the Bible?” Speaker will be the Rev. Douglas Marcotte.
Nov. 20: “Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Catholic Social Teaching and You.” Speaker to be announced.
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