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Week of July 14, 2003
Young adults target of new theology series
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
Young Catholic adults in the Edmonton Archdiocese will soon begin discussing important theological issues over a beer, or a meal, at a downtown pub.
Theology on Tap, a summer speaker series for young adults launched in the Archdiocese of Chicago over 20 years ago, is scheduled to make its local debut at the Stonehouse Pub, 11012 Jasper Ave., July 29.
The idea behind the series is to take theology where young people live and play, explained Andrew Papenbrock, coordinator of young adult ministry.
The program started in Chicago in 1981 as a way to reach out to young people at universities and colleges.
"In Chicago they found that the young people were gathering in the lounges and the bars and decided to take the Gospel right where they were," Papenbrock explained.
"That's what we are doing. We want to take theology beyond the walls of the church. We want to take it right where the young adults are."
The four-week speaker series will give participants an opportunity to discuss - before and after a short presentation - topics that are important to their lives, Papenbrock said. "It's a chance to share good conversations, meet other young adults and hear about the relationship between faith and what's going on." Participants can share a drink or a meal during the sessions.
Presentations will be held July 29, Aug. 5, 12 and 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. The series will close Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. with a barbecue and a Mass with Archbishop Thomas Collins at the Catholic Pastoral Centre, 8421 101 Ave.
Ethicist Sr. Mary Lou Cranston will speak on bioethical issues at the first session. Other speakers include Julien Hammond speaking on ecumenism, Father David Purcell addressing psychological issues and theologian Bob Mckeon speaking on the just war theory.
The young people themselves chose the topics, according to Papenbrock. "They have requested more information on these topics and wanted to learn more about what the teachings of the Catholic Church truly are on these topics."
The goal of the speakers is to show how the Church approaches these issues and to encourage conversation and dialogue among participants, he said. "The idea is to challenge the young people."
Organizers have been given the whole back section of the Stonehouse Pub to hold the sessions. Seating capacity is about 150 and "we expect it to be full each night," Papenbrock said.
The series is open to all young adults between the ages of 18 to 39. No registration is necessary. For information contact the office of young adult ministry at 469-6213.