Patrons of Council Rock are not required to participate in the sessions, which have attracted more than a dozen people on some occasions, Mark Michael said.
Mark Michael noted he and his wife didn’t invent the idea for Theology on Tap, noting similar programs are held across the country by some Roman Catholic priests.
“Cooperstown is a town where everyone has an opinion, and we don’t always do a good job about being polite,” he said. “We envision this as a way to talk about things that are important and sometimes controversial, but in a gracious and respectful way.”
Roger Davidson, the brewmaster and proprietor of Council Rock, said he’s happy to have Theology on Tap as part of the regular calendar of events at the establishment. The micro brewery, which will mark its one-year anniversary in business next month, is part of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail.
“We have a family-friendly social place, and it seems to fit well with Theology on Tap,” Davidson said.
The restaurant will be expanding with the addition of a new dining room next month, Davidson said, and Theology on Tap events will continue.
The next session of Theology on Tap will begin at 8 p.m. Friday. Mark Michael said the discussions generally run for about two hours.
“The art of conversation is an important part of life, and we thought that as a church we could sort of model some of that and help the community,” the pastor said.