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Why Do We All Have So Much Stuff? (That Mos Def Sparks Zero Joy)

02.03.19

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You probably didn’t need Marie Kondo to tell you that you have too much stuff. But now she has and you can’t pretend that she hasn’t because it’s all over your social media feeds. No…this old nasty shirt does not spark joy. And neither does this box of old wine corks MARIE. Why do we even have so much stuff? Has it always been like this? Why does it feel so good when we let it go?

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Why do we all have so much stuff?? Let’s talk about it. Have a question? Text it in at 561-569-2276. Thanks for pre-funking your superbowl party with us! 🍻

Posted by Bar Church on Sunday, February 3, 2019

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Book — The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) by Marie Kondo

Do Something Sunday

01.27.19

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We believe that most people want to help others and do good in some capacity. In fact, it’s a critical part of our vision for the Bar Church community. We regularly make our time together about “Doing Something” and fundamentally believe that something is better than nothing. But if we aren’t intentional, our helping can be ineffective or even harmful. Helping can be really complicated. How do we do good effectively while also discovering and applying our personal passions?

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Welcome to Bar Church! Today we’ll talk about how to do good effectively and discover our personal passions. Btw – starting in February we’ll be back to our normal rhythm of the first two Sundays of every month. Cheers! 🍻

Posted by Bar Church on Sunday, January 27, 2019

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Questions to ask yourself to discover your passions—

·What brings you joy? (when do feel most connected to something?)

·What has brought you the most pain? (the hardest year of your life, when were you last sad about something, a trauma you’ve experienced)

·Based on these two questions — What are some causes that resonate with you the most?

Books —

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference by William MacAskill

When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett

What Is Prayer?

01.20.19

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What is prayer? Is it that voice inside us that reaches out to God? The universe? The unknown? A request? Is there a right way to do it? What happens to us psychologically and biologically when we pray? What are some of the tired (and often damaging) cliches that get used over and over with prayer?

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Welcome to Bar Church! 🥂 Today’s topic: What is Prayer? Stick around for a guided mediation we find helpful towards the end

Posted by Bar Church on Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Meditations & Apps

Vapor (also available on Spotify)

Calm, Headspace, Stop, Breathe & Think

Books

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers by Anne Lamott

Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today by Scot McKnight

 

What Is the Bible?

01.13.19

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How do you even begin to make sense of this giant, thousands of years old collection of poems, essays, songs and stories? Is it still relevant? What’s the point of the whole thing? How is it possible that people have used it for centuries to rationalize both terrible atrocities and great compassion?

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Welcome to Bar Church! Today’s topic: What is the Bible? Cheers! 🥂

Posted by Bar Church on Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Resources — The Bible App (recommended translations — The Voice, NLT)

Podcast — The Bible For Normal People

Books —

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans

What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything by Rob Bell

Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton

 

What Is “Church” Anyway?

01.06.19

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What comes to mind when you hear the word church? The word (like god) brings up a wide range of opinions and experiences — both good and bad. But what is church anyway? What is its purpose? Does it still have one? We believe so.

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Posted by Bar Church on Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Ted Talk — It’s Time to Reclaim Religion by Sharon Brous

Books —  The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion is Finding a Better Way to Be Christian — Brian McClaren

Identity: How We Define Ourselves and Why It Matters

04.08.18

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This week we discussed our personal identity. Specifically — how do we let these three lies define our value?

  1. I am what I DO. (i.e., activities, decisions, mistakes)
  2. I am what I HAVE. (i.e., possessions, talents, skills)
  3. I am what others SAY about me

Tribalism: Why Good People Can’t Agree

04.01.18

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How is it possible for good people to disagree strongly on major topics? Why do we primarily associate with people we agree with and what are the ramifications of doing so? And what was it that really got Jesus killed?

We Home!

03.04.18

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Our first event in our new space! We believe everyone is looking for a place to belong and a cause to be a part of. We aspire to create a place to do both. Hear how we hope our new space will help us do just that.

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Let’s Get Ready

02.18.18

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We’re finally got our own space! This Sunday Bar Churcher’s grabbed their cleaning supplies and helped get our new spot ready!

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So…What DO We Really Care About?

01.14.18

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The previous week people wrote down their values and how they plan to live them out. This week we reviewed them together. What themes emerged?

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Welcome to Bar Church! Today we are continuing our conversation about values. Cheers! 🥂🍻

Posted by Bar Church on Sunday, January 14, 2018

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What people wrote down as their values. 

Article — Find What You Love and Let It Kill You

Book — The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life By Mark Manson

Book — When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Values: Defining What We Really Care About?

01.07.18

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Why are values important and how do we go about defining them for ourselves? Can we really care about everything equally?

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Welcome to Bar Church! Grab yourself a ☕️ or 🥂 and enjoy the event!

Posted by Bar Church on Sunday, January 7, 2018

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Article — Find What You Love and Let It Kill You

Book — The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life By Mark Manson

Book — When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

 

 

REST: The Sex Trade and How We Can Help

10.08.17

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We were joined by REST | Real Escape from the Sex Trade. We first learned more about sex trade and then we actually got an opportunity to help. Each person chipped in $20 and we paid for and assembled 60 Survivor Kits (leggings, socks, tops, pajamas, hygiene kits) for women that had been exploited and needed the kits immediately.

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That’s 60 (!!) bags full of new leggings, socks, shirts, underwear, pajamas and hygiene kits for women in our city who…

Posted by Bar Church on Monday, October 9, 2017

We ready! Mañana. 12 PM. Optimism Brewing Company — come help us put these kits together for women who have been…

Posted by Bar Church on Saturday, October 7, 2017

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Learn more about REST and the great work they do.

One Year Anniversary: Show Up, We Donate $10 to Charity

10.01.17

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On our 1st anniversary for every person that showed up we donated $10 to the organizations that we worked with in year one of Bar Church. People came to celebrate — then they chipped in and we ended up with over $2500 for organizations we worked with in our first year. Not one big gift, simply people doing their part.

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“Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid." – Frederick Buechner..This week has…

Posted by Bar Church on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

This was our closing prayer yesterday. It remains our prayer today. Tomorrow too.

Posted by Bar Church on Monday, October 2, 2017

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Quote —  “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” – Frederick Buechner

Quote — “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are your free to abandon it.” – The Talmud