Standing Room Only for Theology-on-Tap
Over 60 people packed the back two rooms of the Foxes Den Pub on Nov. 23 to hear Dr. Moira McQueen (photo right), bioethicist and moral theologian from St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology, speak on “Moral Decision Making.” This was the third Faith Connections event.
Dr. McQueen spoke on the importance of conscience, calling it a gift: “that’s the place where we experience our deepest relationship with God.” She explained how conscience helps us identify our values and acquire our moral standards. She offered as a moral touchstone gospel values: how even though the bible does not deal directly with all of today’s issues, it gives us images of how we should live through the example of Jesus and how he was with people. The many questions following the talk — on issues like the division of church and state, abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, same sex marriage — displayed an audience interested in the topic and engaged in the issues.
Theology-on-Tap began in the Archdiocese of Chicago in June 1981 at St. James Parish, Arlington Heights, and since then has developed as a program reaching out to young adults with opportunities for conversation, socializing and good theology.