Wednesday, August 20, 2008

August 16th Gathering


Maggie Keelan on the Harp


Welcome to The Pub Church! We are a church, in a pub. So please feel free to move around, order drinks and food, doodle on your placemat, and above all express your thoughts and ideas freely! This is sacred space.


I do not have to go to

To Sacred Places

In far-off lands.

The ground I stand on

Is holy.

As swimmers dare

to lie face to the sky

and water bears them,

as hawks rest upon air

and air sustains them,

so would I learn to attain

freefall, and float

into Wisdom Spirit’s embrace,

knowing no effort earns

that all-surrounding grace.

* From Life Prayers, p. 398, 354


Followed with music by Maggie

In this place we creatively express;

Some of us are focused, some are a mess!

We participate during the sermon

And people do connect, we are learnin’

Greet all with a handshake, toast or a wave

At all times feel free to yell, rant or rave

Fake not friends, we can arrive as we are.

Cheers! Here’s to sacred space in a bar!


Reflections on Christianity and the Church

So far, what John the Baptist and Jesus have been announcing is an invitation and summons to ‘switch stories,’ and therefore to change our lives.

Just as we have seen in Mark – Baptism initiates us and forms us into a new story in which our previous stories are united to God’s story, God’s realm.

I believe the truth of the Christian story can finally only be a matter of beauty, not of rational argument; a matter of peace rather than winning. So maybe in The Pub Church we are the embodiment of the beauty of Christianity; re-narrating Christianity in terms of inclusion and hospitality instead of arrogance and imposition and forming a community in which the Christian story can be embodied peacefully and toward liberation.

But we don’t re-narrate primarily by talking, then, but by practicing, by re-enacting and re-dramatizing the story...


1) What do you all think?

2) What does it mean to participate in Pub Church – what do we want it to mean?

3) What are the practices and rituals of The Pub Church that re-narrate a Divine story?


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Be still and aware of the Divine presence

who is within us, who is with us, and

who goes before us as we leave this place.