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Rooftop Theology on Tap: Beauty

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

6:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT


DCCatholic and the Catholic Information Center present their rooftop Summer Theology on Tap series: Theology on TAPTalks. Join us Tuesday evenings July 7, 14, 21, 28 August 4 and August 11 at the Catholic Information Center rooftop! All young adults (21-late 30s) are invited for Happy Hour from 6-7pm with a talk and Q/A to follow from 7-8pm.



TAPtalk 1: Looking Up: Living Real Culture in Daily Life by Fr. Vincent De Rosa

As young adults, our default posture is “looking down,” our vision often limited to a 4″ mobile screen. Studies as well as personal experience tell us this isn’t the way to fulfillment (physiologically, psychologically, spiritually). How can we help ourselves to “look up” to see the beauty of our surroundings and the people we’re walking with through life? Forming cultural circles to explore great literature, music, visual art and the beautiful physical surroundings of DC can go a long way to lifting our gaze toward God in each other.

Fr Vincent De Rosa was ordained a priest in 2008 and has served in several parishes of the archdiocese since then. He is a graduate of the George Washington University (BA International Affairs) and has his STL (Moral Theology) from The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. His special interests in ministry include young adult ministry, men’s spirituality, and the use of culture for evangelization.

TAPtalk 2: How the Novel Can Save Your Soul by Travis LaCouter

The young Catholic today feels constantly called upon to “pick sides” in our ongoing culture wars. This tendency towards politicization tends to clutter up the interior life and obstruct genuine spiritual growth. The best Catholic fiction, in its focus on the inner lives of its characters and on the subtle interactions of grace and sin, indicates a path out of the hellish loop of stale political animosity. This talk will explore a few representative works of Catholic fiction and explain why young Catholics should think of their lives more as a novel than a textbook.

Travis LaCouter is a Research Associate at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Travis previously worked at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and has held fellowships with the Claremont Institute, the Witherspoon Institute, and the Hertog Program in Political Studies. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2013, majoring in political science and Catholic studies. In October he will start graduate studies in theology at the University of Oxford.

RAIN LOCATION: Catholic information Center bookstore on the street level.

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