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With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an exploratory approach to do church differently.

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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2013, 04:29:07 PM »
I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2013, 04:34:07 PM »
I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?

I once heard about some ecumenical gathering in here where they served different kinds of alcohol afterwards. Some random guy had walked in and expressed his/her wish to join the Church right away after he/she saw the alcohol.
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« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2013, 04:37:47 PM »
I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?

I once heard about some ecumenical gathering in here where they served different kinds of alcohol afterwards. Some random guy had walked in and expressed his/her wish to join the Church right away after he/she saw the alcohol.

The Orthodox would win in such competition.
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2013, 04:40:55 PM »
I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?

I once heard about some ecumenical gathering in here where they served different kinds of alcohol afterwards. Some random guy had walked in and expressed his/her wish to join the Church right away after he/she saw the alcohol.

The Orthodox would win in such competition.

Well the gathering was organized in an Orthodox church and we've been growing during recent years.
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2013, 04:48:11 PM »
I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?

Yes.  :angel:

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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2013, 04:57:01 PM »
They should start one of those churches here in Louisiana- you'd definitely get a following; and for once, the Catholics, the Orthodox and the Baptists would show up for the same thing.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2013, 05:04:34 PM »
That's sad as hell.  They should just turn everything into a bar because americans wouldn't bother otherwise. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 05:05:40 PM »
Nice! I once brought up this very idea many years ago to my pastor when I was still a Protestant. Told him I wanted to gather people around and hangout drinking good quality beer and talk about faith related stuff. I was going to call the social event "Jesus & Beer." Should have seen the look on his face lol!  :laugh: It didn't go over too well with him. He retorted that's what bars are for! I said the two can easily be combined, when you have "Jesus and beer," you have a winning combination that everyone will like. ;D
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 05:07:13 PM »
"Do not get drunk."  "Here, have a beer."    ::)

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2013, 06:07:04 PM »
I don't drink, that tactic won't work on me.  :angel:
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2013, 06:11:03 PM »
I don't drink, that tactic won't work on me.  :angel:

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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2013, 06:26:24 PM »
That's sad as hell.  They should just turn everything into a bar because americans wouldn't bother otherwise.  

Pretty much true.  It's funny how Americans will celebrate a Mexican holiday like Cinco de Mayo with no idea what it is, other than an excuse to drink.  Don't get me started on Saint Patrick's Day.  I'm sure this beer church innovation will wear out after a few hangovers.  I can just hear the preacher mentioning Jesus and someone asking if that's the name of a new micro-brewery.   

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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2013, 06:36:34 PM »
That's sad as hell.  They should just turn everything into a bar because americans wouldn't bother otherwise.  

Pretty much true.  It's funny how Americans human beings will celebrate a Mexican any holiday like Cinco de Mayo with no idea what it is, other than an excuse to drink.  Don't get me started on Saint Patrick's Day.  I'm sure this beer church innovation will wear out after a few hangovers.  I can just hear the preacher mentioning Jesus and someone asking if that's the name of a new micro-brewery.   


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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2013, 06:43:35 PM »
They should start one of those churches here in Louisiana- you'd definitely get a following; and for once, the Catholics, the Orthodox and the Baptists would show up for the same thing.
Based on your religious affiliation, I assume you're in the NOLA area, to which I respond: what Catholic church down there doesn't offer beer at public/parish events?

I know an Episcopal church down there where members hand out beer at Mardi Gras parades
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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2013, 06:49:42 PM »
I don't drink, that tactic won't work on me.  :angel:

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« Reply #16 on: November 03, 2013, 07:11:59 PM »
I know an Episcopal church down there where members hand out beer at Mardi Gras parades

I figured they beat everyone to the punch.
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2013, 07:13:30 PM »
"Do not get drunk."  "Here, have a beer."    ::)

I don't know about you, but most people don't get drunk after drinking one beer.
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2013, 07:35:48 PM »
They should start one of those churches here in Louisiana- you'd definitely get a following; and for once, the Catholics, the Orthodox and the Baptists would show up for the same thing.
Based on your religious affiliation, I assume you're in the NOLA area, to which I respond: what Catholic church down there doesn't offer beer at public/parish events?

I know an Episcopal church down there where members hand out beer at Mardi Gras parades

The Italian and French parishes- they give out wine instead.  ;D And you are correct, considering the only Ruthenian chapel in the area is in New Orleans.
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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2013, 09:23:14 PM »
They should start one of those churches here in Louisiana- you'd definitely get a following; and for once, the Catholics, the Orthodox and the Baptists would show up for the same thing.

LOL, the Baptists I knew wouldn't.  Louisiana is a whole different world. ;D
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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2013, 09:31:59 PM »
They should start one of those churches here in Louisiana- you'd definitely get a following; and for once, the Catholics, the Orthodox and the Baptists would show up for the same thing.

LOL, the Baptists I knew wouldn't.  Louisiana is a whole different world. ;D

You've got that right. Generally, it's only the Presbyterians here that tend to avoid alcohol, the Baptists here being less fundamentalist and more generic Congregationalist with the word Baptist stamped on the barn-church roof.
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« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2013, 09:45:14 PM »
That's sad as hell.  They should just turn everything into a bar because americans wouldn't bother otherwise.  

Pretty much true.  It's funny how Americans will celebrate a Mexican holiday like Cinco de Mayo with no idea what it is, other than an excuse to drink.  Don't get me started on Saint Patrick's Day.  I'm sure this beer church innovation will wear out after a few hangovers.  I can just hear the preacher mentioning Jesus and someone asking if that's the name of a new micro-brewery.   

Yeah, Jesus Beer from Hops for Peace Ministries, LLC is pretty good, but that Holy Spirit Hefeweizen that Brother Jim's (he's a deacon at First Baptist, don't you know?) homebrew group is amazing.  Truly, a religious experience.
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2013, 02:57:03 PM »
I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?
Sure. I'll have to rest after the 6th beer, though.
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« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2013, 03:00:44 PM »
They should start one of those churches here in Louisiana- you'd definitely get a following; and for once, the Catholics, the Orthodox and the Baptists would show up for the same thing.

LOL, the Baptists I knew wouldn't.  Louisiana is a whole different world. ;D

You've got that right. Generally, it's only the Presbyterians here that tend to avoid alcohol, the Baptists here being less fundamentalist and more generic Congregationalist with the word Baptist stamped on the barn-church roof.
The Presbys I used to know drank like Episcopalians and acted like Baptists.

That was more in the north-central part of the state, though, so really a different world than down south.
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I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?
Sure. I'll have to rest after the 6th beer, though.

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I am having my 6th beer tonight. Anyone wanna join my church?
Sure. I'll have to rest after the 6th beer, though.

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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #27 on: November 04, 2013, 03:21:17 PM »
"Do not get drunk."  "Here, have a beer."    ::)

I don't know about you, but most people don't get drunk after drinking one beer.
Who says they are going to stop with one beer?

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« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2013, 03:22:52 PM »
When we say "one beer," do we mean one serving or one type of beer?   ;)  FYI, I only had one beer yesterday.
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« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2013, 03:26:22 PM »
Beer? Beer?

Bah...we have wine (by the spoonful, sort of -  ;) )
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« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2013, 03:27:18 PM »
There's wine at coffee hour too.
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the serbs and romanians in this city have plain regular bars attached to their churches . before it was cool.

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the serbs and romanians in this city have plain regular bars attached to their churches . before it was cool.

My God, hipsterism has creeped into ethnic churches too. :o
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« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2013, 03:35:19 PM »
the serbs and romanians in this city have plain regular bars attached to their churches . before it was cool.

My God, hipsterism has creeped into ethnic churches too. :o

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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2013, 03:47:48 PM »
I bet none of the Christian hipsters are aware of it though. The Serbian cathedral has a huge bar. The Romanian churches have smaller bars downstairs. The Rom. cathedral thoughts the best money wise as one is sure to always get cheap wine and Jim beam for free after every sunday liturgy.

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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2013, 03:54:10 PM »
"Do not get drunk."  "Here, have a beer."    ::)

I don't know about you, but most people don't get drunk after drinking one beer.
Who says they are going to stop with one beer?

The article said they are allowed two beers.
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« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2013, 03:56:46 PM »
The article said they allowed two beers.

And not a third, for there is a devil in this world!  :laugh:

Sounds patristically sound.

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« Reply #37 on: November 04, 2013, 09:31:31 PM »
One can imagine the name of a new beer from a craft brewery aimed at such gatherings called "The Prodigal pilsner". ;D
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« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2013, 10:30:35 AM »
Nice! I once brought up this very idea many years ago to my pastor when I was still a Protestant. Told him I wanted to gather people around and hangout drinking good quality beer and talk about faith related stuff. I was going to call the social event "Jesus & Beer." Should have seen the look on his face lol!  :laugh: It didn't go over too well with him. He retorted that's what bars are for! I said the two can easily be combined, when you have "Jesus and beer," you have a winning combination that everyone will like. ;D

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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #40 on: November 05, 2013, 10:40:03 AM »
That's sad as hell.  They should just turn everything into a bar because americans wouldn't bother otherwise.  

Pretty much true.  It's funny how Americans will celebrate a Mexican holiday like Cinco de Mayo with no idea what it is, other than an excuse to drink.  Don't get me started on Saint Patrick's Day.  I'm sure this beer church innovation will wear out after a few hangovers.  I can just hear the preacher mentioning Jesus and someone asking if that's the name of a new micro-brewery.
You assume that the only purpose for drinking beer is to get drunk?

Have y'all forgotten that Jesus's first recorded public miracle was to provide wine for a wedding?
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #41 on: November 05, 2013, 10:44:24 AM »
Been there, done that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theology_on_Tap

I attended one of these six or seven years ago, and it was an overall positive experience.
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #42 on: November 05, 2013, 02:28:08 PM »
Been there, done that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theology_on_Tap

I attended one of these six or seven years ago, and it was an overall positive experience.

I did as well and had the same positive experience.
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #43 on: November 06, 2013, 01:37:11 PM »
That's sad as hell.  They should just turn everything into a bar because americans wouldn't bother otherwise.  

Pretty much true.  It's funny how Americans will celebrate a Mexican holiday like Cinco de Mayo with no idea what it is, other than an excuse to drink.  Don't get me started on Saint Patrick's Day.  I'm sure this beer church innovation will wear out after a few hangovers.  I can just hear the preacher mentioning Jesus and someone asking if that's the name of a new micro-brewery.
You assume that the only purpose for drinking beer is to get drunk?

Have y'all forgotten that Jesus's first recorded public miracle was to provide wine for a wedding?

 First, (Answering another posters comment) I'm not a teetotaler.  Second, I said nothing about getting drunk.  Third, the 'water into wine' miracle did not happen in a religious setting.  It certainly wasn't in a church setting because churches weren't around then.
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Re: NPR - To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
« Reply #44 on: November 06, 2013, 01:58:42 PM »
Third, the 'water into wine' miracle did not happen in a religious setting.  It certainly wasn't in a church setting because churches weren't around then.

It was a wedding where Jesus (and his disciples) and Mary were invited guests, not a gay civil union at the local courthouse.  Why attempt to read it in a purely secular way just because it wasn't within the four walls of a synagogue? 
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