I became involved with St. Isidore after seeing a Meetup.Com session titled Pub Theology, subtitled Important Questions, Good Conversation, Great Beer. I attended enthusiastically that Tuesday night, more than a year ago. The experience evolved into me becoming one of Pub Theology’s most loyal disciples. I became more involved when invited to a house church meeting sponsored by St. Isidore. I attended, only curiously, that Sunday afternoon a few months ago. I left uninspired but still curious. I volunteered for St. Isidore’s Laundry Love outreach after that house church meeting. It inspired me to see a church in action and the poor being served. I started to believe in the spirit – of what they were doing. But it wasn’t until they came to me when I was in need that my curiosity became convinced and I evolved into a believer in the St. Isidore vision.
All of these programs were initiated by the young priest Sean. He went into this endeavor with eyes wide open. A millennial decorated with tattoos, experience in the corporate world, a foul mouth and bubbling with enthusiasm, he approached the new millennium with old style worship. Commune together. Provide for others. Make religion enjoyable for those who have forsaken it. Putting diverse age groups together for questions and conversation would have some of the same problems as putting family members together for talks. Bringing strangers into a lay person’s home for bible study would include the intensely religious, the loosely affiliated and the outright atheist. Outreach to the poor would help many, could be taken advantage of and might cause unexpected results when laundry money is being dispensed in a crowd of poor and unknown persons.