Pub Church w/ JAMES ALISON & TRACIE LYNN: “The Hostile Table: Are We Welcome?”

Date and Time

Sunday, September 17th
5:30 PM


Parish Hall, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
2008 Justin Ln.
Austin, Texas 78757


For our second pub church this fall, we’re elated to feature Catholic theologian James Alison, as a stop on his speaking tour here in Austin. Join us in the Parish Hall at Church of the Resurrection—2008 Justin Ln.—as James stops by to riff with us about how the church’s open table can often become exclusionary. As usual, this group reflection will be accompanied by food, drink and live music: this time from Austin country music staple, Tracie Lynn.

James Alison is a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied, lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Spain and the United States, as well as his native England. James earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in 1994 and is a systematic theologian by training. His principal claim to fame is as one of those who has done most to bring the work of the great French thinker René Girard to a wider public. In addition, he is known for “his firm but patient insistence on truthfulness in matters LGBTQ” (Alison identifies as gay, and has been open about it for decades) as an ordinary part of basic Christianity, and for his pastoral outreach in the same sphere.

Brought up in an Evangelical Anglican family, James became a Catholic at the age of 18 in 1978. He was ordained priest in 1988. Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, James now works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and retreat giver. He is currently a Fellow of Imitatio, and is also the author of Knowing Jesus, Raising Abel, The Joy of Being Wrong, Faith beyond resentment: fragments catholic and gay, On being liked, Undergoing God, Broken Hearts, New Creations: intimations of a great reversal, and Jesus the Forgiving Victim.

Tracie Lynn‘s dreams of a music career may have started as a little girl singing in the mirror in her hometown of Portland, Texas, but she has gone on to establish herself as one of our state’s best female artists. In August 1999, Tracie, who now lives in Austin, Texas, released her second album, Girl Talk, a follow-up to her first release, Is Anybody Listening. This second album was produced by Texas music legend Lloyd Maines and Emmy nominated Ray Methvin. Tracie’s style, with the obvious influence of folks like Hank Williams, Asleep at the Wheel, and Emmy Lou Harris, keeps audiences all over Texas nodding heads and scootin’ boots.

Since 2012, The Front Porch has hosted pub church, complete with live music, food & drink, open conversation and Communion. This fall, we’ll meet each Sunday at 5:30 PM in the Parish Hall at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, partnering with local food and drink purveyors and studio artists to provide folks with the same innovative experience all have come to expect from this one-of-a-kind evening. We hope to see you there!

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