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 food trucks and vendors, along with Strange Land Brewery and local 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!

Each session, we spark an honest dialogue about a topic that matters deeply to all of us as human beings. Each talk is initially opened up by a carefully selected guest speaker from the Austin community, and then opened up to our congregation via a roving microphone.  Throughout this dialogical worship service, live music from an exceptional Austin artist ties our theme together. At the end of the discussion, a radically-open Communion service is always offered.

Pub Church derives our model for dialogue-based church from the “public house,” which is defined as a “community hub” by a number of linguistic authorities. We hope that, at its best, Pub Church will encourage those who attend to feel confident about voicing opinions in hopes of attaining not reason or excellence, but truth and empathy through the eyes of the Other.

Past Pub Church guests include Evan Smith, Ray Benson, Turk Pipkin, Pittman McGehee, Alan GrahamEd Clements, Michael O’Brien, Lee Leffingwell, Bavu BlakesNeil Blumofe, Walter Moreau, Meredith WalkerNelson Guda, Sen. Kirk Watson, and dozens more.

To listen to segments and entire conversations from pub church, check out The Front Porch’s podcast, Porch Talk.

At The Front Porch, our core message is that church happens anywhere that vulnerable trust is generated by thoughtful dialogue with folks of all perspectives. We like to think of the spaces we create as intersections where compassionate community meets practical spirituality.

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