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Theology on Tap - "Love is Your First Gift: Responding to Poverty by Listening to the Heart of God"


Poverty is a complex topic and the need overwhelming.  Real answers for how to serve those in need are not always the quick and obvious ones.  How can we be of greatest help to those in poverty?  What can we learn by observing how God interacts with us and others?  How can we offer “love as our first gift” as Sr. Rosalie Rendu exhorts? How does our faith lead us to deepen our understanding of ourselves through our efforts of assistance?   Join us in exploring some insights gleaned regarding how to serve those in the greatest need - from work, personal relationships and even World Youth Day - as well as the presentation of a bit of local information regarding poverty in Madison.


Speaker Bio:
Realizing that there must be something to learn about why it is so difficult to move out of poverty, Gayle embarked on a journey (sometimes inconsistent) over time to try to understand realities of living in poverty better in order to help more effectively.  After graduation from St. Norbert College where she worked in a volunteer center for two years, she served as an Americorps VISTA volunteer for a year in Madison, attended graduate school in music, developed personal relationships/friendships with families in poverty and spent several significant years with The Salvation Army of Dane County.  Currently with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Madison, Gayle continues to seek out opportunities to learn and understand the needs of those in poverty more fully so as to serve more effectively, share more accurately and love more completely.


What is Theology on Tap?

Theology on Tap is a monthly event, generally the fourth Thursday of the month, where 20s&30s are invited to join us for free beer and engaging talks by some of the leading thinkers, speakers, educators, innovators, and activists in the nation as they share their insights on various contemporary issues facing young adults today.

Contact: Marc Laudonio