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Oh boy. This one’s a doozy. Continuing our conversation on rebuilding the belief systems we had our currently have. This Sunday talking about a question that humans have been wrestling and reflecting on…well…as long as we’ve been around.
No…we aren’t going to try and definitively answer this. What we will do is spend our time asking and discussing some of these questions:
-What are the different answers to this that have been posited over the course of human history?
-What are different answers in the Christian narrative? (yes, there’s more than one!)
– What do some other religions theorize?
-What about atheists and agnostics? (yup — that counts as a belief as well)
How do these various stories and theories affect how we engage with the present? Like the actual lives we are living?
We DEFINITELY don’t have the answer to this one but there have been a lot of ideas around this for…also as long as we’ve been around. Come hang!
Continuing our conversation on rebuilding the belief systems we had our currently have. This Sunday talking about what we believe about people from a fundamental standpoint — are we all born good or bad? Do we all start off one way or the other? How does our view on this affect how we treat others? Ourselves? View God?
We don’t have all the answers but we hope to invite each other to ask the right questions. Come hang!
A lot of us are in the process of deconstructing the faith (or even non-faith beliefs) systems we grew up with. It’s why people (especially those under 40) are leaving churches and traditions by the millions. We’ve probably covered that at length at this point. And honestly — it’s just not that difficult to break things down.
You know what’s really difficult? Identifying what to rebuild in place of what you broke down. We’ll begin discussing September 8th — and spending the foreseeable future discussing — just that. We don’t have all the answers but we hope to invite each other to ask the right questions. We’ll be announcing specific topics soon. Come hang!
If Jesus decided to stick around and start a church — what would it look like?
Jesus spent roughly half his time meeting people where they were at (primarily telling stories — about 40 of them). He created environments where people could learn more about what it means to be human, ask questions, argue, doubt, celebrate, and mourn.
He spent the other half of his time actually, physically, litertally helping people primarily performing miracles — about 40 of them. He seemed just as concerned about helping people in their present as he did about their future. We figure if it’s good enough for the man Himself, it’s probably a decent model.
We meet in a bar because bars don’t suck. Bars are already where important conversations are happening. It’s where we talk through things we don't understand. Bars are our confessionals. Where strangers become friends. Where people celebrate, relax, laugh, argue, process and grieve. Isn’t this what a church should be?
We talk about real shit — priorities, busyness, stress, anxiety, our phones that we can’t put down. We talk about shit that’s uncomfortable — politics, race, sex, death, violence. Not because it’s fun but because we’re committed to confronting reality.
Sundays are a church’s most valuable asset. We committed from day one that we would use much of our Sundays to be generous with both our time and money. We are far more interested in making a big impact than being a big church. With that in mind, we dedicate around half of our Sundays to tangibly making the world better by either:
01 — Action
Doing something beneficial for the world together (making lunches for the homeless, gathering household items for charities, clothing drives for foster kids).
02 — Education
Inviting non-profit leaders and experts to share what they do and educate us on HOW to best help (investing in vulnerable youth, how to support refugees)
We don’t think you need to believe all the same things to belong at Bar Church. We’re fine with people seeing things differently. In fact, we prefer it.
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