Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

CU Wesley’s New Approach to Old Stories


Michaela Drain, director of the Wesley Foundation at Cameron University, prepares to record a podcast, which is half of the Pub Theology program which pairs church members and university students for frank discussions on theological topics. Submitted photo.

Pub Theology can be described as a trendy or gimmicky way to get young adults back into church. While that is one way to understand it, there is more to the CU Wesley Pub Theology than that.

The CU Wesley Pub Theology discussions are empowering and healing conversations about lives of faith using mediums such as podcasts and face-to-face discussions.

It is meeting people where they are within their spiritual and physical lives and reminding each other that God is present, even here. The goal of the evening is not to convert or embarrass people with their lack of knowledge. The goal is to learn a bit from those saints that came before and have their life story converse with our own.

While relaxing in an environment, free of starched trousers and long black robes, we discuss topics that can be as heady as some of the pours.

At Pub Theology, students and church members meet at the bar to hear how God moved in the past, reflect on how God is currently moving in the present, and look to the hope of God continuing to move in the future.

Theologians of the past help show how they found God in difficult moments. These lessons are recorded and shared via the CU Wesley podcast so that busy students and church members can stay up to date wherever they may be. The most important part of these lessons is the discussion, when participants get to reflect on their own life of faith.

The discussion is where the healing begins for many of these participants. This time of reflection allows students and church members to share about their spiritual journey and tell of how God has gotten them through it.

Church members are encouraged to attend as well as college students because these topics are issues that have affected Christians throughout all of church history. The topics include: martyrdom, spirituality, money, evangelism, pluralism, and grace. Feel free to join in the discussion either in person at Kochendorfer’s Brewing Co., or online via the CU Wesley Podcast.




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