Psst, I’ve got a secret for you. It might just be the best kept secret in Keene.
Did you know that the Newman Center serves more than only students?
Okay, probably not the juicy gossip you were expecting. But in the last two months, I’ve found that it really is one of the best kept secrets in Keene. Almost everyone I’ve spoken with thinks that the Newman Center is for students and students only. Sure, Blessed John Henry Newman (for whom the Center, and tons of centers like it, are named) wrote in depth on the importance of Catholic centers on secular university campuses. He wanted them to be places where Catholic students could go for fellowship and encouragement in their faith, and that is one of the missions of our Newman Center here in Keene.
But that’s just one of the missions. Here at the Newman Center, I’m striving to provide a varied program for all young adults–and the Catholic Church defines young adults as anyone 18-40. That’s right–40 is the new 30! One of our new programs geared toward young adults ages 21+ is Theology on Tap, and it’s probably exactly what you think it is.
And no, it’s not too good to be true.
It’s theology. With beer.
Yes, I’m serious.
Theology on Tap was created in the Archdiocese of Chicago in the 1980s and has enjoyed a thriving following all over the country ever since. Its premise is simple: bring the gospel to young adults where they already are. In many cases, that means a local pub or the corner bar! There’s no awkward evangelizing and no party pooping; groups of young adults gather in a local establishment with a presenter who spends a short time introducing a topic–it can be a Bible study, a theological topic, or any discussion of faith–while attendees sip a pint. Theology on Tap is infamous for spurning great fellowship and great conversations, and I am so thrilled to bring it to the Keene area.
But here’s another secret, in order to do this, I need YOU!
That’s right. You.
In order for ToT to work, we’ve got to assemble a Core Team of 6-8 young adults who are willing to help out with events–setting up places and times, getting advertising together, leading small group discussions, giving hospitality, and generally enjoying Theology on Tap as a ministry and an opportunity for a free beer once a month. It’s really a win/win.
So if you’re interested in being part of Core Team, contact me soon! You can also find more about Theology on Tap on RENEW International’s website here. I’m hoping to get the Core Team together by the beginning of November to start getting to know each other and planning events. See you soon at Theology on Tap!