DATE: 19th July 2023 @ 7.45pm
LOCATION: The Queen Victoria City Pub, Valletta
The MSSP Oratory Youth would like to once again invite youths from all walks of life to come and share their opinions whilst sharing a beer or two in the ‘Bible & Beer’ series in a casual and healthy environment of dialogue. In a relaxed and enriching setting, we invite you to come together, share your valued opinions, and perhaps enjoy a drink or two.
Our aim is to foster awareness and understanding of current issues by encouraging open discussions, spirited debates, and the exploration of diverse perspectives. We invite you to challenge the status quo, question prevailing notions, and actively participate in shaping well-rounded responses to these pressing topics.
During our third session of the Bible and Beer series, we will delve into a thought-provoking exploration of individuals who find themselves marginalized by society due to circumstances that may seem to be their own fault. We will shine a light on those entangled in the complex webs of criminality, prostitution, and addictions. Join us as we seek to understand the realities faced by these ostracized individuals and question the concepts of forgiveness, redemption, and universal justice. Together, we will challenge stereotypes surrounding ex-convicts and confront the notion of societal versus personal failure. What role does a lock-up facility play in this intricate narrative, and who truly bears the weight of victimhood? These are the profound questions that await our collective examination.
We are honored to introduce our esteemed panel of speakers who will shed light on the subject and contribute to our quest for a deeper understanding. Joining us will be Dr. Sandra Scicluna, a senior lecturer at the Criminology department of the University of Malta. With her expertise in the field, Dr. Scicluna will provide valuable insights into the intricacies of criminality and its societal implications.
Additionally, we are privileged to have Dr. Anna Vella as a panel speaker. Dr. Vella is a public health specialist specializing in substance misuse and is the founder of Dar Hosea, an organization that offers care and support to women engaged in prostitution. Her firsthand experience and dedication to creating safe environments will undoubtedly offer invaluable perspectives on the subject matter.
Completing our esteemed panel is Fr. Joseph Curmi, a passionate youth minister and parish priest known for his unwavering support for those in need, particularly victims of diverse circumstances. Fr. Curmi brings a compassionate and empathetic approach to his work, aligning with our goal of fostering understanding and compassion within our community.
These esteemed panelists have graciously accepted our invitation to inform and enlighten us, assisting us in shaping a well-rounded perspective on the topic at hand. Their expertise and diverse backgrounds ensure a comprehensive and enlightening discussion that promises to leave a lasting impact on all who attend.
The event is scheduled for Wednesday 19 July 2023, and will take place at The Queen Victoria City Pub, Valletta, with the opening time being 7:45pm.
To cover the costs of this event we are asking for a €10.00 donation that would include food and drink (paid in cash upon entrance). This event is open for youths 18 and over. Alcohol will be served.
We live in a world where many have their own opinion, but we rarely give each other the chance to develop it in a healthy way. Being able to listen and discuss particular topics with other youths can help widen your perspective as you become aware of a reality you might have not yet considered.
Why bother listening to a talk? Why not instead simply email the text to every potential member of the audience? Bible&Beer have created new connections amongst participants and key speakers, and spread curiosity, understanding, empathy and excitement through words. It gave words the life they deserve.
Bible and Beer … Personally, I think it’s a wonderful initiative to have a conversation and have your voice heard in a setting that is safe but most importantly, judgment-free. I believe that this concept has the potential to develop to contribute to the much-needed social change in today’s world.
It was a very different and enriching experience – I believe that it is very necessary for the Church in Malta to create such spaces of dialogue and encounter where different ideas, thoughts and reflections can challenge and give life to our Christian faith in the 21st century.
Despite the fact that I have a bigger affinity with beer than with the Bible these events intrigued me from the start.
Having a safe space to discuss current hot topics is rare nowadays and this event has provided just that, with the extra benefit of knowledgable and engaging speakers to keep the conversation flowing.
A true experience of reciprocal hearing done in great humility. Bible & Beer is a true experience of fraternal dialogue, where hot topics were discussed, taboo’s abandoned and we could all share our thoughts, listen to expected but above all receive the gift of one another as we are, with our own stories, perspectives and understandings.
It is a very enjoyable experience which always leaves you wandering why there isn’t more like it.
The energy I felt and the genuine philosophical enthusiasm of so many young people was exhilarating. It was a breath of fresh air to share a conversation with people who are sincerely ambitious to make the world around them a better place. That kind of hopefulness in the good of this world has become very rare nowadays.