The verse from Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” sums up the purpose of Theology on the Rocks.
The group is designed to give adults age 40 and older the opportunity to learn, grow and discuss the Catholic faith in a casual setting. The Akron and West chapters meet monthly and feature different speakers and topics each time. From Elvis Grbac discussing his faith journey, to Sister Mary McCormick talking about “Why Mary,” to a Catholic trivia night and more, the growing popularity of Theology on the Rocks groups in Akron and West required both groups to move to larger venues this year.
Father Dan Schlegel, secretary and vicar for clergy and religious, helped the West chapter celebrate its first anniversary on Sept. 9 when more than 100 people gathered to hear him discuss how we can “Be the Light” to others and how we can reignite the flame of our faith within each of us.
He told the story of a man he met while traveling. The man was a teacher whose class asked him what the meaning of his life was. The man paused and then took a small piece of glass out of his pocket. He found the glass when he was very young and had carried it for many years. The man smoothed the edges, polished the glass and put it in his pocket. One day, he took it out and noticed that it shined light. It would pick up the light from a star and shine light in darkness, too. The man told his class he realized that his purpose is to bring light to friends, strangers and everyone he meets in life – something he is reminded of whenever he pulls the piece of glass from his pocket.
Before ending the program, Father Schlegel gave each person in attendance a small disk resembling a mirror. He asked that everyone keep them in their pockets and remember to “be the light” for those around them.
Theology on the Rocks Akron meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at The Tangier-Bistro Bar, 532 West Market St., Akron. Cost is $10, which includes appetizers. There is a cash bar. The next meeting on Oct. 21 will feature Keith Johnson, catechetical leader at St. Sebastian Parish in Akron. His topic will be “Former Evangelical Minister Becomes Defender of the Catholic Faith.” For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page.
Theology on the Rocks West meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the 100th Bomb Group, 20920 Brookpark Road, Cleveland. Admission is $12, which includes appetizers. There is a cash bar. The group will hear Notre Dame Sister Cecilia Liberatore discuss “Human Trafficking: Human Tragedy, Human Hope” at its next meeting on Oct. 14. For more information, email email@example.com, visit the Facebook page or the website.