Events


Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #175: The What, Why, and How of America's Opioid Crisis

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people and views. Join the conversation this month for our topic: 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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Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #174

Theology at the Bottleworks is a monthly public discussion that takes up the important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people and views. Join the conversation this month for our topic: “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? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #173

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people and views. Join the conversation this month for our topic: “I Have the Need for Speed – Hurry and Speed in America Today."  Tom Cruise uttered this memorable line in the 1986 movie Top Gun, and it has since become an accurate description of some of the most important values in our culture today. 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? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Jun
19
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #171 | Safe and Secure

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people and viewpoints. Join the conversation this month as we discuss “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?  Where do you find security?  Come on out, have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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May
15
6:30 PM18:30

What's Right and Wrong with Human Nature?

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss “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? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

The Most Interesting Convo Ever on Taxes: What We Pay, Why We Pay, or Do We Pay at All?

Just in time for tax season, the April Theology at the Bottleworks topic will be, “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. They are often attempts to implement policy objectives by creating economic incentives and disincentives (such as the many tax advantages of marriage). They’re considered as inevitable as death. Yet taxes deemed unjust were a contributing factor to the Revolutionary War (the Boston Tea Party), and the amount of taxes we pay seems to rise perpetually. 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, so come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'.

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Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #168: Talking About Aging Never Gets Old: Aging in America

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss Talking About Aging Never Gets Old:  Aging in America.  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? As the population over 65 steadily increases, how does this change our societal expectations and obligations?  Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Feb
20
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #167: Love at First Swipe: The Effect of Technology on Love and Relationships

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss “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? What goals should we be striving toward in romantic relationships, and to what extent does technology help us or hurt us in reaching those goals? How should we interact with technology to best facilitate romantic flourishing – and what does that actually mean today? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'.

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Jan
16
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #166: The Importance of NOT Being Earnest

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss (with all due respect to Oscar Wilde) “The Importance of NOT Being Earnest”.  Our culture seems full of people in frequent outrage. Why is outrage so pervasive? Is outrage, passion or vehemence the best way to communicate, dialogue and persuade? 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? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #165: One: Still the Loneliest Number

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss One: Still the Loneliest Number. In a sea of humanity and webs of technological connectedness, loneliness is remarkably common. Why? What's the difference between being alone and being lonely? Loneliness is cited as a public health problem – what are its causes and consequences? Join us as we discuss why we experience loneliness and what we can do to remedy it in ourselves and others. Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Nov
21
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #164 | Forgive and Forget? Cultural Attitudes Toward Forgiveness in 21st Century America

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss Forgive and Forget?: Cultural Attitudes Toward Forgiveness in 21st Century America. In the wake of a divisive supreme court nomination process, in which the country was split over whether allegations of past sexual assault should be a deal breaker for confirmation, and with people more ready to protest and declare outrage than ever, more cultural attitudes toward forgiveness are on display than ever. Who or what are we willing to forgive as a society? What kinds of behavior should we forgive? Does the "who" or the "what" matter more - or are there other, more important factors in deciding whether to forgive? What kind of philosophy toward forgiveness will ultimately maximize human flourishing? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #162

Many people have suggested that higher education in America is a troublesome bubble. Student debt is unsustainable and most students who enter college never graduate. Why has it become so necessary for people to attend these institutions of higher learning? What is at stake for those who choose to go to college and for those who don’t attend? Historically, almost no one attended college, but it has recently become an established norm. How does our view on these issues speak to our view of human nature and society? How can we live together as we wrestle with these questions? While some perhaps over value education, there are others who seem almost against it, viewing it as a means of indoctrination. All this and more as we discuss “The Good, the Bad, and the Ivory Tower: American Higher Education and its Discontents.” Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'.


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Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS GOES TO THE ART MUSEUM!

This month, THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS takes its lively discussion format to The Contemporary Art Museum (castl.org) for an innovative and fun collaboration. Meet at CAM for a 30-minute tour with Assistant Curator Misa Jeffereis which begins at 6:30 p.m. (be there 10 minutes early!). The tour will address the current exhibit, The Great Rivers Biennial, and we’ll then move to the cafe area where you can get a coffee or beer and find a seat for a discussion co-moderated by a CAM representative and a TATB representative. It’s the best of both worlds!  

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Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #161, To Your Health! (Whatever That Is).

Join the conversation this month as we discuss "To Your Health! (Whatever That Is)." What is good health and how do we get there? With all the attention given to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, is being healthy one of the most important values and goals in our culture? What do we mean when we say we want to be healthy? Is there more than one way to be healthy? What is the connection between health and happiness? Join the discussion of what it means to be healthy in mind, body, and soul – come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Theology at the Bottleworks #160: The Rule of Law vs. The Ruler of Laws

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #160

Wednesday, July 18

6:30-8:30 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks

Theology at the Bottleworks is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss The Rule of Law vs The Ruler of Laws. In our time, we are forced to reckon with what it looks like to enact just laws and enforce laws justly. What purposes does and should the law serve? What should it protect and on what values should it be based? How should we treat those who have broken the law? To what extent should we prioritize following the law of the land compared to other cultural, ethical, or spiritual values? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Jun
20
6:30 PM18:30

Theology at the Bottleworks #159 | Individualism in America

Theology at the Bottleworks is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our times among an amazing diversity of interesting people. Join the conversation this month as we discuss "Individualism in America." As polls demonstrate greater prioritization of individual liberty and heightened distrust of institutions, what cultural factors and values are responsible for these trends? What are the consequences, positive and negative, of our society’s emphasis on the individual and personal autonomy? In an ideal society, what facets of individualism and collectivism would we see at play? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. 

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Theology at the Bottleworks #156 | Transhumanism, Science Fiction, and the Future of Humanity
Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Theology at the Bottleworks #156 | Transhumanism, Science Fiction, and the Future of Humanity

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. Join the conversation this month as we discuss Transhumanism, Science Fiction, and the Future of Humanity.” 

Transhumanism seeks to move humanity past its current limitations to new levels of achievement for human bodies and brains by technological enhancement. However, many presentations of such possibilities in science fiction films and other media show such utopianism going awry. What is the future of humanity as supplemented by technology?  What ethical, spiritual, philosophical and practical problems will be encountered as we move into the future? Ultimately, where are we headed as a human race, how and why? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Theology at the Bottleworks #155 | American Football: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.
Feb
21
6:30 PM18:30

Theology at the Bottleworks #155 | American Football: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. Join the conversation this month as we discuss “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Pro and College Football” 

The biggest spectator sport in America has been in the news for many reasons, from ethics to national anthem protests to head injuries to profits. Football is in many ways a barometer or mirror for our culture — what is it telling us these days? 110 million viewers for the Super Bowl and $10 million dollar per minute commercials tells us there’s something significant happening. 

Whether you watch or don’t watch football, join us for this discussion on football and American culture which will be fun, involved and enlightening. Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Theology at the Bottleworks #154 | #YouToo?: Sexual Harassment in America
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Theology at the Bottleworks #154 | #YouToo?: Sexual Harassment in America

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. 

Join the conversation this month as we discuss  the topic, #YouToo?: Sexual Harassment in America”.  In an unprecedented move, Time Magazine gave its "Person of the Year" award not to an individual, but to the group of people they call the silence breakers. We saw these reports of sexual misconduct in the news, forcing us to reckon with hard questions like: what factors have lead our society to such rampant sexual harassment? What cultural forces are at work in this?  How do we hold those who are found guilty of misconduct accountable? What larger scale societal changes must happen to ensure men and women can work and socialize together in a way that is appropriate and dignifying for all? Come have a brew, share your view, and lend an ear to others'. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Dec
20
6:30 PM18:30

What Good are the Arts, Really? | Theology at the Bottleworks #153

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. 

Art in its many forms is celebrated and denigrated, ignored and supported. That the arts are good for us, and even spiritually enlightening, are common ideas, but explaining why is tricky indeed. Do we over-value or under-value art in our culture?  Do the arts actually make us better people and is that prove-able?  Join a lively discussion as we take up the topic, What Good Are The Arts, Really? Have a brew, share your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

Recent topics:

November 2017:  Mass Justice vs Mob Justice in the Social Media Age

October 2017:  Food Ethics: What Do We Eat, Not Eat and Why?

September 2017:  Death – American Style

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Theology at the Bottleworks #151 | Death, American-Style
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Theology at the Bottleworks #151 | Death, American-Style

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. 

Join the conversation this month as we discuss the (literally) ultimate question in life: death. Over the past century, death and sex battled it out to be the number one unmentionable in America. Death won. As our country ages, we as a culture must come to grips with death or we’ll be gripped by a social crisis. Do we ignore it, obsess over it, or assert a religious belief over it? Join us as we confront death and try to come to grips with Death, American-Style. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Theology at the Bottleworks #150 | Food Ethics in America
Oct
18
6:30 PM18:30

Theology at the Bottleworks #150 | Food Ethics in America

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. Join the conversation this month as we discuss “Food Ethics in America.”

All of us make decisions about the food and drink we choose. What are the value choices, the ethics and other reasons for your choices about the foods and diets you choose and avoid? Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Mass Justice vs. Mob Justice in the Social Media Age | TATB #149
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Mass Justice vs. Mob Justice in the Social Media Age | TATB #149

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. 

Join the conversation this month as we discuss the poignant topic, “Mass Justice vs. Mob Justice in the Social Media Age.” Is the ability to marshall mass support quickly and electronically promoting truer justice or mass bullying? How effective and reliable is the court of public opinion, or of social media opinion? Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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The American Family, Circa 2017 | Theology at the Bottleworks #148
Aug
16
6:30 PM18:30

The American Family, Circa 2017 | Theology at the Bottleworks #148

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. Join the conversation this month as we discuss the poignant topic, The American Family, Circa 2017. 

Given our society's shift away from the "traditional" family structure of the 1950s, what role should family play in the lives of children and adults? Should we prioritize family first, above all other people and groups? What traits lead to strong families? To what extent do the roles and health of families determine our society's ability to flourish? And, just what is a family, anyway?  

Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Work & Busyness in American Culture | Theology at the Bottleworks #147
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

Work & Busyness in American Culture | Theology at the Bottleworks #147

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. 

Join the conversation this month as we discuss the poignant topic, “Work and Busyness in American Culture."  Where’s the finish line in the rat race?  What are the roles and importance for work in our modern society?  How did being busy become both a complaint and a status symbol? Is being busy a problem or a goal? What does our view of work and schedules tell us about our culture and ourselves? 

Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

 

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Do Humans Have a Soul, and Does it Matter? | Theology at the Bottleworks #146
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

Do Humans Have a Soul, and Does it Matter? | Theology at the Bottleworks #146

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s simply the best public discussion in town. 

Join the conversation this month as we take up the classic but important question of “Do Humans Have a Soul, and Does it Matter?”  Is there a soul?  If so, what is it?  Does it actually matter if we have a soul or don’t? What’s your take on this heavy, but important question?  Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Globalism, Nationalism, and America's Place in the World | Theology at the Bottleworks #146
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Globalism, Nationalism, and America's Place in the World | Theology at the Bottleworks #146

Theology at the Bottleworks is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town.

Join the conversation this month for the topic of “Globalism, Nationalism, and America’s Place in the World.”   

At the dawn of the 21st century, we were told the world is flat and it is impossible to avoid an increasingly globalized international community; but the election of President Trump is seen by many as a referendum on that idea. Should we prioritize America, or the world’s interests?  Are we citizens of America, or the world, first?  Does America have a special role to play in the world?  Should we, or even can we, be the world’s policeman?  These questions and many more will be raised on this exceptional topic. 

 

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We The People | Protest & Social Change in 2017 (THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #144)
Apr
19
6:30 PM18:30

We The People | Protest & Social Change in 2017 (THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS #144)

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town.

Join the conversation this month to discuss the topic, We The People:  Protest and Social Change in 2017.”  In a cultural moment where new protests seem to spring up daily, what are the reasons for this new trend?  What are the end goals of these efforts for social change? What determines the success or failure of a protest or other social movement? Is there a moral imperative to strive for change?  Do today’s protests lead to flourishing of communities or just more division?  Come have a brew, share your view and lend an ear to others'. Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Searching for Facts & Truth | Theology at the Bottleworks #143
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Searching for Facts & Truth | Theology at the Bottleworks #143

THEOLOGY AT THE BOTTLEWORKS is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. Join the conversation this month for the topic, “Searching for Facts and Truth.”   

In a culture where “fake news” and “alternative facts” seem to be everywhere, how do we begin to look for veracity and authenticity?  Is anyone objective anymore? Are facts and truth passé, leaving only opinion and spin?  Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

 

 

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Let's Talk About Sex | Theology at the Bottleworks #142
Feb
15
6:30 PM18:30

Let's Talk About Sex | Theology at the Bottleworks #142

Theology at the Bottleworks is a monthly public discussion that takes up the most interesting and important issues of our day. We bring together an amazing diversity of interesting people; it’s the best public discussion in town. Join the conversation this month for the topic, “Let’s Talk About Sex.”  

In a culture where sex seems to be everywhere, what goals should we have for sex? To what extent do we live up to those goals? How do we cultivate a healthy view of sex and sexuality that leads to our flourishing as individuals and communities?  

Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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