Springfield Area Young Adult Ministry is bringing the faith formation program Theology on Tap to the see city on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The first meeting, “The Catholic Politician, the Catholic Voter,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Brickhouse Grill and Pub, located on the southeast corner of Koke Mill Road and Iles Avenue on Springfield’s far west side.
Featured speakers for the event will be former Senator and Springfield Mayor Karen Hasara, former Springfield Mayor Ossie Langfelder, Springfield Ward 4 Alderman Frank Lesko, and Father Christopher House, vocations director for the Springfield diocese.
“Theology on Tap is a very popular faith formation program that has been expanding throughout young adult ministries across the country,” said Steve Klemm, a member of the advisory board. “We are very pleased to now be offering it here in the Springfield area.”
Klemm said he expects good things from the first session. “Our politicians will speak about how they got into politics, and how faith influenced their decision-making at various levels of government,” he said. “Father House will speak to how a Catholic voter navigates through all the issues in order to make a decision on whom to vote for.
“Since neither party fully aligns with the church, how do you choose? It will then be opened up to questions from our attendees,” said Klemm, who said he’ll probably act as a monitor for the event.
Klemm said his group hopes to present between four and six Theology on Tap sessions a year. “We will cover a number of different topics with various speakers,” he said. “Our hope is to educate the Catholic young adults from our area so they are better informed on a variety of hot topics in our world today.”
Both Young Adult Ministry and Theology on Tap are targeted toward young people ages 18 to 35, but anyone is welcome to attend. There is no cover charge for Theology on Tap sessions but donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of putting on the event. Attendees will be able to purchase food and drinks at the restaurant.
“I really think young adults can benefit from Theology on Tap,” Klemm said. “It allows them to learn about the current hot button issues we’re facing as Catholics in a very laid back atmosphere. … It’s definitely not your average faith formation program.”
Theology on Tap is a program of Renew International.