Theology Pub Discussion Sheets

It’s been almost two years since we started up our Theology Pub in Livermore. It’s been a good experience, and one of the things that I look forward to every month. It was initially setup to become an opportunity for young adults to come together in a non-church setting and have conversations about God & theology. That’s not really what it’s become, but that’s okay. The group is different every week, but it’s always a diverse group. Lots of Methodists from Asbury UMC show up, but also Presbyterians, folks from Congregation Beth Emek (Jewish synagogue), some self-professed atheists and others.

It’s not really a “young adult” group – but again, I think that’s okay. I remember one month where we had about 20 people with ages ranging from 26-80 sitting along a table in a bar talking about faith and sexuality. Sure that makes for some funny conversations – but how cool is that?

If you want to know more about how I advertise for each Theology Pub and more about the format of the evenings, please check out this post: Theology Pub in Livermore. Recently some folks have been asking to see the discussion sheets/handouts that I use at each Theology Pub. So I’ve put them all together and you can download them in a zipped file below. In the download, you can find discussion sheets for the following topics:

  • The Bible
  • Creation
  • Creativity & Faith
  • Doubt(ing) as Faith
  • Evangelism
  • Faith
  • Faith & Money
  • Hell
  • How (Not) to Speak of God
  • Interfaith Dialogue
  • The Missional Church
  • Pluralism
  • Rethinking Church
  • Sexuality
  • Social Justice
  • Spirituality

Click here for the download. I hope you find this to be a helpful resource as you endeavor to create similar types of groups in your own area. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  1. says

    We’ve been doing something similar at our church in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the past 4 years and it’s been a big hit. Thanks for sharing your resources – after this long, it’s hard to keep coming up with new topics!

  2. Joe says

    Well, I downloaded and opened up the first session “The Bible”… I was a little disappointed. I guess a bunch of quotes from people I know and don’t could be useful as a discussion starter but there isn’t really and depth of theological teaching in a quote for me.

    Just not what I expected in a a theological aid for reaching young people as it was advertised.

    Be blessed
    Joe

  3. angie says

    Hello!
    I am actually going to be starting theology pub in my town here in North Jersey next week!
    If you have any additional tips for me or are willing to share more about the layout of your evening, that would be great!

    Thanks!

  4. says

    Hey, Adam! I was wondering, as a person who is interested in making eye catching publications to advertise events, but having no idea how to do so (nor the software, for that matter)– what do you use? And, since I won’t have it, is there anything similar I can do with, say, photoshop elements (it’s all I got)?

  5. says

    Hi Adam,
    Thanks for the information, I look forward to reviewing it for topic ideas. We are hoping to get one or two groups started here in Central Texas, just south of Austin. I am wondering about how structured the meetings are? Do you moderate them? or Let people review and chew on the topics at will. What time frame are you allowing for the meeting? Are you coordinating special arrangements with the local establishments or just picking a location and showing up? do you set “ground rules” before starting the meeting?

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