'Theology on Tap' at Blue Star Brewery

Catholics talk faith over food and beer

Published On: Nov 15 2012 09:45:36 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 15 2012 11:07:18 PM CST

At the Blue Star Brewery Thursday night, it's not just beer on tap, but also theology.

That’s been the menu for the last six Thursdays.

Theology on Tap is a national program started in 1981 that made its way to San Antonio in 2005.

Father Mark Clarke, director of Campus Ministry and Young Adult Ministry through the Archdiocese of San Antonio, organizes the events, which are held in a six week series in the fall, spring and summer.

“Basically, its been standing room only in our fall series,” said Clarke.

Theology on Tap is not a worship service or Bible study, but rather a time for what Clarke calls “faith formation.”

Drawing in crowds made up heavily of college students, the group discusses topics relevant to Catholicism.

“Its very welcoming. The staff are friendly and its a relaxed atmosphere,” said Daniel Coronel, a student who has attended the event for three semesters.

Juliet Gentry recently moved back to San Antonio and uses Theology on Tap to meet new people and connect with local parishes.

“In more ways than one, it kind of loosens you up, makes you more open,” Gentry said.

Informal but informative, Clarke said holding the event outside the church walls also helps draw in Catholics who may have strayed from their faith.

"We kind of go to them, instead of them no longer coming to us,” said Clarke.

Thursday night was the last night for Theology on Tap until the spring series begins.