Ron Rolheiser (from The Holy Longing)

. . . . It is just that one does not see much evidence that anyone is actually all that interested in God. We are interested in virtue, justice, a proper way of life, and perhaps even in building communities for worship, support, and justice, but, in the end, too much evidence suggests that moral philosophies, human instinct, and a not so disguised self interest are more important in motivating these activities than are a love and a gratitude that stem from a personal relationship to a living God.  Hence God is not only often absent in our marketplaces, he is also frequently absent from our religious activities (and religious fervor) as well.

Recently, I was invited to speak to a group of Episcopal young adults (and anyone else who showed up) at a Theology on Tap session here in San Francisco.  Talk about inspiring!

About twenty young adults showed up and so we pushed a bunch of tables together (or rather Bob pushed a bunch of tables together) and we sat around it to break open our topic: Talking about Jesus in a secular city (or as I like to refer to it, "Coming out as a Christian in the Bay Area."  I interspersed quotes and poems and prayers in between sections during which we (rather they,) practiced talking about such things (with another person likely unknown to them) as:

their prayer life; their relationship with God; their relationship with Jesus; how do they talk to or about Jesus; their relationship to their church community (or lack of one); and what difference any of it makes.  Have to say I was inspired by the willingness of those gathered to talk about these topics with complete strangers. 

I said I’d put the quotes, etc. up on my blog for those who would like to have them.  So, here they are….  in a downloadable file.  Download tot_handout.doc