Welcome

headerFaith on Tap is a collective of beer-loving Christians searching for God in unlikely places. Faith on Tap (FoT) is a search for divinity in music, TV, movies, art, literature and the routine of everyday life. Once a month, FoT meets to ask challenging questions and explore what it means for people of faith to be relevant in Dallas. We are open to finding providence everywhere while struggling and discovering together.

We believe that in all aspects of life, even in a pub, “All Is Holy”.

Winter – Spring 2017

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR & Welcome to 2017!!
The Spring Line Up is officially UP!!
We’re owning up to the fact that we haven’t sought out women’s voices nearly enough in the past. In 2017, we hope to change that. We’re excited to hear how these women are helping to shape our community!
Thanks in advance to Kate McGee, L Robin Murray, Catherine Cuellar, Kelly Updegraff Staples,Susan Sytsma Bratt and Yulise Reaves Waters!!
— with L Robin Murray, Kelly Updegraff Staples,Susan Sytsma Bratt, Catherine Cuellar, Kate McGee and Yulise Reaves Waters.

The Fall 2015 Season

Last season of Faith on Tap we explored the Prophetic Voice.  What is Prophecy?  How do we discern the call to action?  How is the prophetic voice working in the church today, and what kinds of opportunities does it give us to change the way we go about the business of the Gospel?

Perhaps a good way to start is to learn how other faith traditions in our city interpret and live-out the prophetic voices from their scriptures and in their communities.  What about the Quran inspires a young Muslim woman to live a life of  social activism?  How does the Torah and the Talmud shape the perspective and energies of the Jewish community?  Where does a Bishop of the AME Church turn to shape her mission and the direction of her denomination in the face of tragedy?

This season Faith on Tap will dig deeper into the greater prophetic voice, and explore how it touches every faith and every faithful person in an effort to understand our call and our power to make a change.

Must a “Christian” Be “Like Jesus?”

The popular Gospel hymn universally sung by the faithful begins with an earnest prayer to be a “Christian” in-a-my heart, and concludes by asking that we be “like Jesus.” We are now living in a culture where these two are no longer the same. It is possible in many circles to pass muster as a “Christian” without resemblance to the Jesus who said, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8)?

In what ways (or not) is this true in your experience? What opportunities and/or challenges does this present for churches? What are the implications for Christianity if the Christ for whom the religion is named is more of a cultural icon than the one whose path to new life entails losing one’s life in order to find it.

Prophecy: Prediction, Provocation or Power for Change

Joe Clifford, Head Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will explore how different interpretations of the gospel shape the tone and purpose of our prophetic speech.

We’ll look at what makes speech effective, and how we know if it’s “worked”.

  • What is Prophecy?
  • Definition of the Prophetic voice?
  • Contrasting Prophetic voices?
  • How do we know if Prophetic Voices are working?
  • Hearing Prophecy as an individual vs. hearing Prophecy as a people?

A Discussion on Islamaphobia

Hope everyone’s enjoying the Faith on Tap Season so far!  We’ve got 1 episode left until we break for the summer.

An interesting side conversation has developed as a result of a speaker that Northpark Presbyterian and Kessler Park United Methodist hosted on Sunday.  His name is Dr. Todd Green.  He’s a former Presbyterian Minister (First Pres. Waco), and now an Assistant Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  Dr. Green has become an expert on the topic of Islamaphobia, and has published a book about his findings on this subject.  He can also be seen in a few YouTube clips –  HERE and HERE – discussing his ideas.

After last night’s lecture, Jordan Scribner – a Faith on Tap regular, wanted to get some discussion going so he put some of his thoughts into words.  Keep in mind that Dr. Green has written several hundred pages on this topic, and what he says in these short excerpts doesn’t sum up his entire position.  This is a vastly complex topic, and I’m excited to hear what you have to say after reading Jordan’s reflections.

Kyle

 

 

From Jordan Scribner

6.1.15

It was a great discussion last night, and welcoming to see thoughtful, articulate people addressing issues often reserved for bombastic news reporters and opinion-makers. I walked away with 3 thoughts/questions. Feel free to opine if you would like to discuss.

 

1) To Dr. Green’s third point about bridging the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims (the “do you know any Muslims in your day-to-day life?” point), my question is: What structural impediments impair our ability to both know, and interact with Muslims on a day-to-day basis? Odds are that we do, in fact, engage daily with Muslims in our jobs, in our schools and in our communities (at least here in North Texas). What prevents us from acknowledging one another as distinct in the ways of our faith? What prevents us from admitting how we identify as faith practitioners? If not for a hijab (just as a yarmulke for Jews), religious identity is usually difficult to ascertain by sight. Has removal of religious discussion from the public domain in fact erected walls that prevent fruitful discussion and learning?

 

2) While it was addressed directly following a pointed question after the lecture, in my opinion, Dr. Green spends an unnecessary amount of time pinning Islamophobia on “Conservatives” and “Neo-Conservatives”. While portions of these groups certainly ascribe to Islamophobic tenets, prejudice and intolerance spans a broad spectrum of political philosophies. It may be red meat for some in his audience, but with Liberals Bill Maher, Harry Reid and Sam Harris equally yoked to charges of Islamophobia, using a broad brush in linking Islamophobia to Conservative roots undermines the ability to have honest dialogue and drive towards solutions. In fact, one might argue following Dr. Green’s lecture that the simple solution to Islamophobia would be outlawing conservative thought. I assure you, though, doing so would not eradicate Islamophobia.

 

3) I was disappointed there was not some admission that there are legitimate concerns regarding radical Islam. While it is not up to the Islamic community at large to constantly apologize for their violent brethren (just as it is not up to Christians to apologize for every abortion clinic bombing or all vegans to apologize for damage and harm caused by the Animal Liberation Front), to fail to discuss legitimate concern for radical Islam cripples people from dealing with Islamophobia openly. The inability to separate radical Islam, the roots behind it, and America’s (and other world powers’) role in it, from non-radical Islam results in hushed, quiet conversations rather than open dialogue. It is in these quiet conversations where uncertainty and assumptions reign and opinions are formed. Approaching the subject as if radical Islam neither exists, nor is significant enough to warrant discussion in a presentation on Islamophobia will continue keeping interfaith discussions the exception, rather than the norm.

 

My apologies if I misrepresented Dr. Green or others. Perhaps he has an entire lecture on radical Islam that just couldn’t fit into this particular forum. Overall, it was a great and timely discussion, and one I hope happens more frequently over time.