Events


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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The United States of... What? | Theology at the Bottleworks # 141
Jan
18
6:30 PM18:30

The United States of... What? | Theology at the Bottleworks # 141

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 United States of... What?”  — just what does unite our country these days, if anything?  Are there any ideals and values that everyone can embrace? What values and most important to you, and do others share them?

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

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Is Anybody Listening? The Current State of Dialogue in America | Theology at the Bottleworks #140
Dec
21
6:30 PM18:30

Is Anybody Listening? The Current State of Dialogue in America | Theology at the Bottleworks #140

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 “Is Anybody Listening? The Current State of Dialogue in America.”  In today's world where social media creates more opportunities to express opinions than ever before, do our conversations benefit each other? Do all opinions deserve to be listened to? How did the election season reflect our ability to hear and engage with viewpoints other than our own? Is conversation a lost art?  Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.


 

 

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Altered States of Being — Theology at the Bottleworks #139
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Altered States of Being — Theology at the Bottleworks #139

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

Join the conversation at Schlafly Bottleworks this month as we discuss Altered States of Being: Trying it All to Have it All.”  We take and apply to our brains all kinds of things for all kinds of reasons — hypnosis, drugs, transcendentalism, alcohol, trance. What are we achieving, what are we seeking and what is good/bad about altering our minds or state of consciousness? Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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What's So Good/Bad About Religion? | Theology at the Bottleworks #138
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

What's So Good/Bad About Religion? | Theology at the Bottleworks #138

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 controversial issue of “What’s So Good/Bad About Religion?”  Religion is a divisive issue for many people, with many people finding it helpful and important and others finding it objectionable and unhelpful.  Does religion do more bad than good, or good than bad? In what do you put your faith or hope for a better city or world? Can we talk about religion and still be friends? Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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What Does it Take To Be President? | Theology at the Bottleworks #137
Sep
21
6:30 PM18:30

What Does it Take To Be President? | Theology at the Bottleworks #137

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 timely and important topic, What Does it Take to be President?  No role in the world is more powerful or controversial than that of US President.  Some Presidents became infamous, some and legendary. What DOES it take to be presidential?  What traits or skills matter most? What do you want out of a leader?  

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

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Living in a World of Terror & Violence | Theology at the Bottleworks #137
Aug
17
6:30 PM18:30

Living in a World of Terror & Violence | Theology at the Bottleworks #137

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, hands down.  

Join the conversation this month as we discuss the timely and important topic, Living in a World of Terror and Violence”. The level of violence and terrorism has risen rapidly. How can we deal with the onslaught of dreadful news and the results of so much violence?  Can you find peace or guidance in the midst of it all?  Why do bad things happen to innocent people on a regular basis? 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 Impact of Superheroes on Our Culture | Theology at the Bottleworks #134
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

The Impact of Superheroes on Our Culture | Theology at the Bottleworks #134

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, hands down. 

Join the conversation this month as we discuss It’s a bird, It’s a plane, it’s TatB! The Impact of Superheroes on Our Culture.” Why are superheroes and other comic book characters so popular?  What is their appeal?  What does their popularity say about us?  Are they forming our views or reflecting them?  Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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Gender Politics Today: Does Gender Still Matter?
Jun
15
6:30 PM18:30

Gender Politics Today: Does Gender Still Matter?

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, hands down.  

Join the conversation this month as we discuss "Gender Politics Today: Does Gender Still Matter?" Just where does gender originate?  What benefits and harms come with gender distinctions?  How do we live in a culture where different views of gender are held deeply?  What gender principles lead to human flourishing?  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 Collision of Free Speech & Tolerance | Theology at Bottleworks #132
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

The Collision of Free Speech & Tolerance | Theology at Bottleworks #132

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, hands down.  Join the conversation this month as we discuss “The Collision of Free Speech and Tolerance”.  

Both free speech, and tolerance of other’s speech and views, are deeply held values for many.  Yet these are often in conflict in the media, in schools and academia, and in public discourse. From religious cartoons to political correctness to what should or can’t be said out loud or in public, there’s nothing off limits in this discussion.  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 Culture of Me | Theology at the Bottleworks 11th Anniversary
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

The Culture of Me | Theology at the Bottleworks 11th Anniversary

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

Join the conversation at Schlafly Bottleworks this month as we discuss “The Culture of Me”.  We value personal liberties more than most cultures. What limits are there, if any, on our personal freedoms? How important are community, collectivity and the common good, and are these in conflict with the individualized focus of our culture? What do you put above your personal preferences?   Come have a brew, give your view and lend an ear to others’.  Always free and open to absolutely anyone.

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