Theology on Tap invites community to talk about faith over brews

Published 3:54 pm Friday, November 15, 2019

ALABASTER – Rev. Eric Mancil, rector of Alabaster’s Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, is inviting the community to attend Theology on Tap once a month at Siluria Brewing Co.

Held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., the event is an open forum to talk about faith. The church began hosting Theology on Tap in September.

“I’m not there to lecture or preach,” Mancil said. “This is a space for people to talk about things that are important to them.”

For each forum, Mancil comes prepared with a topic or a question for the group to discuss. Everyone in attendance is expected to listen and be respectful when others are talking. With an average of 15-20 people at each forum, Mancil said he’s been pleased with the turnout. The crowd is usually a mix of members from the parish and area residents.

“Anyone is welcome,” Mancil said. “People of different faiths, ages and walks of life are welcome to participate.”

Mancil decided to host the event at Siluria Brewing with hopes of connecting more with the community. Mancil said he wanted to meet in a place that would be comfortable for people who feel more at ease outside of a church, but also a place where parish members would feel comfortable.

Theology on Tap will not be held in December because of the busy holiday season. The next Theology on Tap meeting will be Jan. 8, 2020. Siluria Brewing Co. is located at 145 First Ave West.