Beer and Service

I’m a former Episcopalian. There’s a running joke that Episcopalians are planning to switch from bread and wine at the Eucharist to coffee and doughnuts. Judging by the stacks of Krispy Kreme boxes that were always in the kitchen at my old church, the joke is not entirely wrong.

Whatever it takes to get people out of bed on Sunday morning is probably worth doing for a church struggling with attendance. This, however, is taking it a step farther:

To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer

With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.

Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it’s an exploratory approach to do church differently.

This quote struck me:

“I find the love, I find the support, I find the non-judgmental eyes when I come here,” she says. “And I find friends that love God, love craft beer.”

The connection between god and a hoppy malt beverage is not obvious to me.

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