Theology on Tap

September 9: “Re-defining Peace” with the Rev. Mike Angell

Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.

UPDATE: This event will now be held online using Zoom. Please register, and a Zoom Link will be sent to you.

This month our rector will be the featured speaker, and Hannah Shanks will serve as the guest host. Mike will be talking about his new book “How Can I Live Peacefully with Justice?” available now from Church Publishing. (This event will also be the public “book launch.”) We will talk about the work to re-define peace. Our rector argues, following Dr. King, Romero, and even Jesus, that peace from a Christian perspective is not best understood as the absence of conflict, but the presence of justice. Join us and bring friends and your questions! We’ll also spend some time talking about the future of Theology on Tap during the Pandemic.

Registration is required, and there are limited spaces. Reserve today.

Theology on tap in normal times meets the first Wednesday of most months at Schlafly Bottleworks. Join us and bring a friend!

At Theology on tap some of us are members of local Episcopal churches, but not all of us. We seek to create a “low pressure” environment to invite your non-churchy friends for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.

Our rector is the lead organizer of Theology on Tap. You can read more about TOT at: www.pubtheologystl.org

Theology on Tap Recently:

Theology on Tap June 3 Bifurious Pride with Elle Dowd

Once the Youth Missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, through her activism in Ferguson and her social media presence, Elle has become an important voice at the intersections of theology, body positivity, sex, and queer biblical interpretation. Elle calls herself “bi-furious,” and we’ll explore what that means as she pursues ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and in her current ministry.

Theology on Tap May 6 American Prophets with Jack Jenkins

On May 6, we were joined by AP and Religion News Service journalist Jack Jenkins. The topic will be “American Prophets.”

Jack is also the author of the forthcoming book American Prophets: The Religious Roots of Progressive Politics and the Ongoing Fight for the Soul of the Country, which is published by HarperOne and drops April 2020 (and you can order it here!)

Theology on Tap March 4 6:30p on Zoom

The bishop-elect of the Diocese of Missouri, The Rev. Deon Johnson was with us on April 1. Our topic was, “Being Church in a Changing Time.” This was our first “virtual Theology on Tap.” We talked about the bishop’s history with faith, and his vision for these times and the days ahead.

Theology on Tap March 4 6:30p at Schlafly Bottleworks

Theology on Tap this month takes a theological look at the race for president in 2020. While not endorsing any one candidate or policy position, we look at clips and quotes (see the slideshow below the audio player), places where faith has played a role in the race thus far. We ask the age old question: what role should religion play in politics?  

The Rev. Mike Angell came to St. Louis from Washington, DC. He has been active on both the local and national stage in questions about faith and our political life. He is the author of the forthcoming: “How can I live Peacefully with Justice?” from Church publishing. He is the regular organizer of Theology on Tap. 

Faith in the Primary?

October 1, 2019: May the Force be with You (and also with you…)

Listen in on a conversation with Eden Seminary’s The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders as we discussed the legacy and ministry of Dr. King, and the state of racism in our country today.

October 1, 2019: May the Force be with You (and also with you…)

Listen in on a conversation with Eden Seminary’s Dr. Adam Ployd as we discussed the relationship between Theology and Star Wars. Ahead of the premiere of “The Rise of Skywalker,” we talked about the Force, Jedi powers, and the theological implications of the Star Wars mythology. May the Force be with you!

September 3, 2019: Faith and Ft. Sill


Our own Rev. Laurie Anzilotti, Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss and other leaders from the “Heartland for Human Justice Coalition” lead us in a conversation about their recent bus trip to protest the construction of new immigrant detention facilities, and we unpacked the question “what does our faith require of us when our neighbor is detained?”

August 6: Faith and Reproductive Justice:

Missouri has been in the national news as “pro-life” advocates have pushed for new laws and policies that may make us the first state in the union with no clinic offering abortion services. While regarding all abortion as having a “tragic dimension,” since before Roe v. Wade The Episcopal Church has advocated for reproductive choice in local, state, and national policy. We were joined by Dr. David Eisenberg and M’Evie Mead of of Missouri Planned Parenthood in a conversation about faith and reproductive justice.

June 4: Faith, Pride, and the Trans Community

For Pride month, we hosted a conversation about faith, gender identity, and what it means to be an ally with our trans siblings. Sayer Johnson, Director of the Metro Trans Umbrella Group was our speaker.

April 2, 2019 “Harry Potter and the Sacred Story” with the rector and Prof. Hannah Shanks

For a generation of readers, Harry Potter has become an important touchpoint in questions of hope, love, and working against evil. Together we’ll ask “How does story become sacred? What does it mean to read Harry Potter alongside Scripture?” Feel free to wear your favorite Harry Potter regalia, and come for a discussion about the relationship of Harry to faith.

You can watch a video of with speaker Dr. Adam Pearson on the Topic “Housing and Homelessness”

Theology on Tap El Salvador from Holy Communion on Vimeo.