RENEW Theology on Tap is a registered, national program begun by the Young Adult Ministry Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Theology on Tap is outreach to and collaboration with young adult Catholics in pursuit of spiritual growth. It is a method of invitation, based on a spirit of hospitality, which creates a space for people in their 20's and 30's to explore how faith in Christ can speak to their circumstances.
The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was one of the first parishes of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to implement Theology on Tap (now RENEW Theology on Tap) and in the Fall of 2010 our young adults revived this outreach program. While still a new community with new leaders, the Young Adults of the Co-Cathedral has succeeded in bringing together a consistent number of young adults in the central Houston area for discussions based on Catholic teachings, spirituality, culture, and liturgy.
RENEW Theology on Tap has a unique approach in its outreach by locating the events in relaxed settings such as restaurants, coffee houses, or even in bars (previously contracted) in the community where young adults gather and are comfortable. The program features a guest speaker presenting a relevant theological topic, time for discussion, faith sharing, and community building.
Topics can include Catholic theology, moral teachings, culture issues, liturgy, spirituality, and anything else that ties the everyday life of young adults to their Catholic faith and vice versa. Speakers may be local experts on the topics presented, such as priests, religious, professors, psychologists, or other well versed, engaging, young-adult friendly presenters.
EXPECTATIONS OF PARTICIPANTS:
While the logo "Theology on Tap" might lead some to think that participants are expected to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages, no one is required or pressured to do so. Participants must follow the local laws on drinking, and exercise responsible behavior with regard to consumption of alcoholic beverages. All participants pay for their own meal and beverage directly to the establishment.
To maintain the atmosphere intended by RENEW Theology on Tap, each participant is called to a friendly, respectful dialogue and community building among Christians sharing their Catholic faith.
"RENEW Theology on Tap, a pastoral outreach of RENEW International, 1232 George St, Plainfield NJ 07062-1717."