Joe Sales is one of the faithful readers here at Catholic Drinkie. He is our first international post! He contacted me with the idea to discuss Theology on Tap. Theology on Tap is exactly the sort of ministry I am trying to do here on the Internet! He has a blog of his own and can also be found on Twitter. I encourage you follow him both places. Thanks to Joe for his post.
You may be wondering, what is Theology on Tap?
Here is a definition of Theology on Tap (Thanks to Wikipedia for teaching me something new):
Theology on Tap is a program of lectures sponsored by a number of local Catholic dioceses. The lectures, which are often given by noted spiritual leaders and religious academics, address current topics in religion and theology, and are notable and sometimes controversial for their venue, which is normally a parish center, a bar or restaurant. The concept has become common among other Christian Denominations, particularly Episcopalians, Lutherans, and some Presbyterian and Methodist churches.
Now onto my Thoughts on Theology on Tap: The Theology on Tap program is a great way for Young Adults to gather in a relaxed setting like a bar or restaurant and discuss topics that are an important part of their faith journey. It also creates a place to evangelize, educate and strengthen friendships.
While researching the topic of Theology on Tap, I came across a picture that said Theology on Tap; it also had a picture of a tap and a quote from Cardinal Van Thuan which says “If the church does not go to the people, the people will not come to the church.”
I honestly believe the quote from Cardinal Van Thuan is very self explanatory and so true.
Theology on Tap is a strong program which I find is spreading across dioceses and across the whole world. I believe that this can be used as a strong way to connect with any young adult who may be struggling with their faith. For anyone who is a part of the Theology on Tap program, they are encouraged to bring friends. It’s all about evangelization.
Theology of the Body fits in perfectly with the encyclical about Evangelization in the Modern World which was written by Pope Paul VI. In years since then, John Paul II has referred to the “New Evangelization” which was popularized by Pope Paul VI’s encyclical.
We as Catholics are called to evangelize whether it is by word of mouth, or by action.
Name: Joe Sales
Joe Sales, 25 yrs old, is a developmental services worker, a devout Roman Catholic, a loving husband, a blogger and enjoys SQPN shows. Raised in Chatham, Ontario, both Joe and his wife relocated to Waterloo, Ontario in August of 2010. He is an active parishioner of St Michael’s in Waterloo. For 25 yrs, he attended Blessed Sacrament Parish in Chatham, Ontario. Although he lives in another city, Joe is still an active member of KofC 1412 Council which is based out of Blessed Sacrament. During his spare time, Joe is also a keynote speaker and presenter for self advocacy conferences across the province of Ontario. His faith as a Roman Catholic is very important to him while also having a passion for technology and new media. Joe can be found through his blog and on most social networking sites.