I’ve (Ryan) got it all wrong.
It’s okay to admit when you don’t quite get it right. When someone regularly asks me, “What’s Brew Theology?” I respond with the common saying, “We exist to Brew Theology and create healthy, meaningful and eclectic dialogue in pub communities.” That statement has been on social media, our BT website, and I’ll even introduce the Denver gatherings with this line all of the time.
“What’s wrong with that statement?” one may ask.
Well, “to Brew Theology” is definitely correct, but perhaps we have the second part backward.
We DO create healthy, meaningful and eclectic dialogue, but that’s not why we exist; that’s simply what we DO. It's like the difference between BEING & DOING! They are connected, but unique.
We are ultimately creating interfaith communities across the country. The BEING part is the community aspect.
And how are we doing that?
We create these communities through healthy, meaningful and eclectic dialogue in pubs.
It may seem minor and first glance, yet I believe there’s a critical distinction.
So, from now on when someone asks me, “What’s this brew theology thing all about?” it’s important to get the words right.
It’s been a ton of fun being a part of what I believe is a movement of radical love transcending tribal boundaries, bringing people of all faith walks and inter-religious ideologies to the table in order to experience nontraditional, meaningful community. Brew Theology is not just a theoretical idea, and it’s not solely people who share ideas; it’s a very real community of incredibly interesting people wrestling with imperative issues that matter in the real world. We find common ground, and we also disagree on many topics. At the end of the day, in all of our nerdy particulars, we understand we share the same air, soil and sun. We are learning how to be better humans together… We’ve been able to cultivate and witness our Denver community evolve and take shape over the past three years as a shining example that is hopefully making the world a bit brighter, one conversation (& brew) at a time.
It’s pretty important gang.
“We exist to Brew Theology and create interfaith communities through healthy, meaningful and eclectic dialogue in pubs.”