Theology on Tap is an event hosted by Mere Christianity Forum on a biweekly basis, meeting on Thursdays at 4:30 in the Paddock, a bar and restaurant on Furman University’s campus. Each meeting is centered around a different theological topic, usually presented in a 10-15 minute talk by a Furman University professor. The rest of the time is devoted to a focused dialogue about the issue at hand, facilitated by our guest speaker and Mere Christianity Forum directors. In addition to fulfilling the goal of gathering together students, faculty and staff members in a casual and intimate setting, this event also provides time and space for an academic engagement with challenging philosophical and theological topics outside of the classroom.
Evening With Dinners
The “Evening With” Dinner program is another avenue for the interaction between students, Furman faculty and Greenville community leaders. Hosted at the Vista House every other Wednesday night at 7pm, we invite a guest speaker to share a meal with 16-18 Furman students, as well as his or her personal narrative about living a life of faith. This time of conviviality between a diverse group of people promotes thoughtful conversation about Christianity, as well as inspires students in their own religious journey.
These small groups are a place to find a smaller intentional community within the larger Vista House community. Each followship group consists of 5-10 students, and is led by a Mere Christianity Forum director. While the format of each group differs, the aim is always the same: to create a safe space to ask hard questions of doubt, faith and morality, and grounding this supportive space in a web of meaningful relationships. Learning about Christ together allows students to engage in important conversations comfortably, and to recognize that they are never alone in this Christian journey.
In addition to our involvement within the Furman community, the Forum extends outward into the rest of the world, inviting speakers from many different places to lecture on a plethora of different topics. We usually invite these guests to speak in the format of a CLP, or cultural life program, which combines a lecture and an interactive space for students to ask questions and receive answers.