Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap is back for the Fall! 

We’ve got a great lineup for you as the seasons change, with a slight scheduling twist to the final session (on a Tuesday, not a Thursday). 

The theme for the fall is one that was handpicked by Pope Francis himself—in fact, the entire series is devoted to passing along to you the message of Pope Francis in his latest Apostolic Exhortation, addressed to young people: “Christus Vivit!”, “Christ is Alive!” 

We will begin on Thursday, September 5th, with Bishop Pates himself spending a few moments with us to introduce the message of Pope Francis.  We’ll then turn to a panel of area young adults who have read Christus Vivit for a discussion of what exactly it means for Christ to be alive in the life of a young adult in Des Moines today.  This panel will focus on three truths that the Pope addresses directly to young adults in Christus Vivit: 1) God loves you, 2) Christ saves you, and 3) Christ is alive!  After the panel will be some time for discussion and Q&A.

On Thursday, October 10th, we’ll join again for a further discussion of Pope Francis’ message, this time led by Fr. PJ McManus, pastor of Christ the King and the reigning record-holder for attendance at a Theology on Tap event, at 67 (let’s help him beat his own record!).  Fr. PJ will lead us on a deep dive into chapters 8 and 9 of Christus Vivit, which focus on Vocation and Discernment.  In so doing, he’ll help us break open what Pope Francis has to say about the ever-present “What am I supposed to do with my life?” question so many of us wrestle with on a daily basis.

Finally, on TUESDAY, October 29th, we will have a very special guest all the way from DC: Paul Jarzembowski, Assistant Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries with the Secretariat of Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be in town.  Paul was an integral part of the Synod on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment at the Vatican in 2018, and has inside insight into the message of Pope Francis for young people today. 

All events will be at the Sherwood Forest Event Center (7400 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights), and will start with a dinner/social hour at 6pm.  The speakers themselves will go on stage at 7pm.  Food trucks or catered food will be available for purchase on site each night, so come hungry!  All evenings will end with a Q&A with the speakers.

As always, Theology on Tap is open to all young adults who want to join, and is a great opportunity for folks who may have been away from the Church for a bit but want to get connected again—be sure to invite your friends!

Theology on Tap is FREE to attend (just bring $$$ for food & drink) thanks to your generous donations to the Annual Diocesan Appeal.  Thank you for your generosity!