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A night out at Theology on Tap

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Theology on Tap is a lecture and discussion series for people in their 20’s and 30’s, single or married. It is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and local parishes. They meet in a local bar or restaurant for food, drink and lively discussion about Catholic faith. It’s a chance to meet new friends through faith-filled and thought provoking conversation in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

The night begins with a half an hour gathering time. Each night there is a speaker about various faith filled topics. On this night it was Stewardship: What do you own, and what owns you? The speakers were Michael Vanderburgh and Helen Fahey of the Stewardship Office.

Michael Vanderburgh, Chief Development Officer and Director of Stewardship, spoke about talents, specifically the Parable of Talents. He related that Jesus gave five talents to one, to another two, and to another one. As we know, the one with five talents gave back five and five more, the one with two gave back two and two more, and the one with one buried it. That’s what stewardship is all about: giving back the talents. The one who buried his talent it was noted he was afraid, and hid his talent.

Helen Fahey, Director of Leadership Giving, related a story about the OneFaith OneHope OneLove campaign where they went to one area, particularly hit by the recession, met a family who had little, but managed to give what they could and how inspirational that has been.

The evening usually has an exercise and a question and answer period.

Currently the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has Two Theology on Tap Sessions this spring. In the Cincinnati area the sessions are at Molly Malone’s in Pleasant Ridge, and in Dayton at Oregon Express.
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Scripture Connection: It will be as when a man who was going on a journey and called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money. After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ [Then] the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ –MT 25: 14-30

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