Serving alcoholic beverages at Thrivent Financial chapter activities (i.e., chapter events) may create a potential risk of liability for Thrivent, its members and volunteers. Although serving alcoholic beverages at Thrivent activities is not encouraged, Thrivent permits alcohol to be served in moderation.
Any consumption of alcohol should not endanger the safety of any individual, violate applicable law, or lead to impaired performance or inappropriate behavior that could be detrimental to Thrivent. If damage to a person or property occurs at an event due to overconsumption, the event hosts may be legally liable.
State laws and municipal ordinances vary widely regarding liquor licensing. The local chapter is responsible for checking with local authorities to determine whether serving alcohol is permitted and a liquor license is needed at each individual event. (Rules may vary depending on the type or location of the event.)
Serving alcohol at a chapter social, educational or charitable activity (or any combination thereof) is acceptable if:
- The activity and related budget is approved by the chapter board.
- State and municipal rules regarding liquor licensing are followed.
- The amount of time that alcohol is served is limited and includes a 30-minute "no alcohol" period near the end of the event.
- The event host checks IDs to verify anyone consuming alcohol is of legal drinking age.
- Consumption is monitored with drink tickets or a cash bar.
- There are measures in place to refuse to serve anyone who appears to be intoxicated.
- Food and non-alcoholic alternatives are available during the event.
- Advertising (including invitations) places primary emphasis on the social, educational or charitable nature of the event and not the alcohol.