Some Wisconsin religious groups combining faith and beer

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) – Some religious groups are meeting in bars as a way to recruit new members, reach out to people struggling with their faith and provide a different outlet to talk about God.

Brandon Brown is a pastor at CollectiveMKE, which started organizing gatherings once a month at Wisconsin bars last year. He says the new environment along with the beer relaxes people and they talk more freely.

A monthly bar event organized by the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee is targeted toward millennials.

Emily Burds, the Catholic church’s Director of Evangelization, says about 60 to 70 people come each month to the “Brewing the Faith” gatherings. She says they want to help people find a relationship with God but also connect people to a parish community.

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