Theology on tap

By Taylor Bettencourt

Male students from Franciscan University of Steubenville gathered at Damon’s Bar and Grill to hear four young women speak about “What Women Wonder?” presented by Theology on Tap Thursday, September 27.

The crowd consisted of roughly 25 men eager to hear and ask about the mysterious topic that plagues every man’s mind about women.

Theology on Tap coordinator and resident assistant for Assisi Heights Patrick O’Hearn said: “It’s a way to attract or bring people to get excited about their faith in a friendly environment… It’s just the fact that, yeah, you can get excited about your faith and celebrate God’s goodness even in a casual way.”

The Theology on Tap ministry was started in 1981 in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Just as O’Hearn said, it was created as a way to provide a relaxing social setting for young adults to come together to learn and discuss the topics of their faith. The program usually consists of a guest speaker giving a talk or leading a discussion on some aspect of the faith while the young adults relax, eat food, drink beer, ask questions and enjoy some fellowship amongst their peers. Since 1981, the ministry has spread to many dioceses throughout the country. Franciscan’s Theology on Tap wasn’t affiliated with a diocesan program, but was put on by Franciscan students.

Although the presentation was geared more towards the men of Franciscan, O’Hearn said he’d like to have more topics where both men and women can attend. O’Hearn said he’d really like to set one up during the spring semester. One possible topic that he would like to present would be a Theology on Tap on fatherhood.

“I think learning from men (is important) ’cause we don’t have really good examples of what it means to be a dad, like how to discipline our kids; like questions we have that we need training on,” O’Hearn said. “A lot of men are kind of ignorant of other topics that would help us be better men.”

Despite the title “Theology on Tap,” underage students are allowed to attend these events; you just can’t drink any alcoholic beverages. Theology on Tap does offer free wings as well as chips and dip for everyone, even those who are underage.

“This is something that you necessarily don’t get in your textbooks,” O’Hearn said. “… I think it’s a way to grow. You’re getting a different perspective that you don’t get in like a homily or in a theology class.”

So in the spring be on the lookout for a potential Theology on Tap presentation, and be ready to unwind from the stresses of classes by eating some great food, drinking a cold one, enjoying fellowship, and of course learning about your faith in a casual way

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