The tradition of beer and spirituality and religion dates to the Middle Ages, when monasteries would brew beer to help feed their communities and would use income from brewing to fund works of justice and mercy. Some monastic communities even brewed beer especially for Lent so that during a fast they would have all the nutrients of bread to sustain themselves. Like churches, pubs have always been a kind of community gathering place for people to share food, faith, and conversation.
Our first Northside Abbey gathering was called Advent Magic and was a beautiful evening of contemplation, poetry, experiential music, art, and stories to celebrate the season of Advent. Here are some photos to give you a taste of the evening:
This weekend we will co-host a special Beer, Hymns, and Firelight with All Who Gather, an emerging Presbyterian community at the Rev. Troy Bronsink’s home in Northside. Join us for a festive evening of hymn-singing, craft beer (and other beverages), and creating community. Our wonderful, creative missioner to Northside, Brianna Kelly, is be comissioned on Sunday morning, January 4th at 10 am at Church of the Redeemer. So this will also be a celebration with her and of her. All are welcome!