Palestine Magazine May 2019 - Page 34

The Living Room of the Town T he pub, short for public house, is a meeting house where someone can get a drink and a bite to eat. A place where you meet friends and friends meet. I had worked at one in Houston and fell in love with how it raised my position in the community. I couldn’t go to the grocery store without getting a high five in the aisle from one of our regulars. Going to a ball game or a festival was no different, I remember my wife Allison turning to me at a concert saying “Wow, you’re famous!” Love was poured out to me from all corners. I was more than just a bartender to all of these people, I was a friend. Whenever someone was in trouble and needed help, they knew to come to the pub and tell a bartender. We would promptly assemble a posse out of the friends in attendance that day and tackle whatever issue was at hand. I once had a man I didn’t recognize hug me while I was in line at a pharmacy and thank me for some advice I had given him that had changed his life. I couldn’t for the life of me recall him or what I had told him, but I will never forget the gratitude he ex- pressed that day. Pubs and taverns are essential for communication in a town. The Sons of Liberty in Boston met at the Green Dragon Tavern in 1773 to protest the Tea Act and ended up going to the harbor to dump some tea overboard (I’m sure they met back up there for a few pints right after, clueless to the monumental historic moment their protest made). Small town pubs in England were known to also house the post office and local magistrate. Many ministries had their start at the pub. Able preachers will find open ears there. I was lucky to have met my pastor at the Pint and Barrel. After some great theological discus- sion, I made sure to attend one of his services (recognizing several of our regular customers in attendance!). I now attend regularly and the pub has become a place for groups from the church to have meetings. The pastor himself has held several “Theology Pub” meetings at the