Some of our most interesting conversations take place in an informal setting. Often they will involve a “favorite beverage.”
During the academic year, these gatherings take place on the third Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 at The Esso Club at 129 Old Greenville Highway in Clemson. Usually (but not always–we are not rigid) we follow a series produced by the United Church of Christ called Thirty Second or Less. This series is video-based. It is used as a springboard for discussion. Sometimes we stay on topic and other times, we, well…meander. Participants are asked not only to engage verbally but also to LISTEN to each other. This year we may also experiment with opening using another UCC series called, “Still Listening, a Digital Devotional”.
To learn more about the Thirty Second or Less series: http://thirtysecondsorless.net
To learn more about the digital devotional: https://soundcloud.com/still-listening-digital-devotional
No preparation needed. Consistency is not necessary. Engagement is required.
Over the summer months, we deviate and gather once a month and then go on a “field trip.” Topics are thematic. The summer of 2017 found us floating on the water one month, a wine bar in Pendleton, the Bauerhaus in Anderson, and an old “Speak Easy”–the Appalachian Ale House in Pickens. Who knows where the summer of 2018 will lead.
So why are we really doing this? Most important answer—it’s fun. Some of us also admit, we enjoy it because so many people like to say, “religious people aren’t supposed to drink!” Who said so? Jesus drank. He did not condemn. Besides Peace Church isn’t like most people. Not only do we not condemn a person enjoying a favorite beverage (whether it is a glass of tea or a pint), we also welcome nontraditional views, answers, and questions.
Consider yourself invited for a pint of your favorite beverage . . . and conversation.