July 7 Gathering: The Prodigal

The story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 is one of the most beloved stories in Christendom. In it we often find ourselves as the wayward offspring, accepted & forgiven by the doting parent while the petulant older sibling sulks in discontent.

But what if there’s another way to read the story? What if Jesus is trying to say something far more remarkable and more inclusive than we read on the surface? And what if all of Jesus’ parables have deeper meanings than we tend to plumb in our Sunday schools and Bible studies?

This Sunday, July 7, we’ll kick off a summer series on the parables of Jesus with a discussion of the story of the Prodigal. Join us in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Co. to be part of the conversation.

Happy half-hour at 6:30, conversation starts at 7:00.


June 2 Gathering: Active Nonviolence (or “War: What is it Good For?)

If there is anything constant in this world, it’s that human beings seem trapped in a cycle of violence. Disagreement leads to conflict, and conflict leads to violence. Despite our best efforts to strive for peace, we eventually resort to violence as a means to either get our way or defend ourselves.

But we’ve been given glimmers of hope. Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, St. Francis, and a Jewish carpenter’s son named Yeshua bar Joseph have shown what an alternative to embracing violence, even as a last resort, could look like.

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll take a look at MLK Jr.’s six principles of non-violence. They were the core of his work for justice and the basis for training participants in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. We’ll discuss whether it’s actually possible to embrace an ethic of non-violence and what it might look like if we did.

Please join us this Sunday, June 2, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for a conversation around how King’s principles of non-violence might reshape our own lives and world.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Food service & Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

Mark your calendars for June, July gatherings!

Hello, friends of New Wineskins! We have made some adjustments to our schedule to accommodate the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and another scheduling conflict in June. Here are the dates for June and July:

– Sunday, June 2
– Sunday, June 23
– Sunday, July 7
– Sunday, July 21

Please mark your calendars accordingly, and we hope to see you at our summer gatherings!

May 12 Gathering: Celebrating Mary

We know Mary mostly through the Christmas story…the (probably very) young virgin fiancee of Joseph Carpenter who gave birth to Jesus in a barn surrounded by farm animals after a visit from an angel, a visit with her cousin Elizabeth, and a Top 40 hit song, the Magnificat.

But there is much, much more to Mary’s story, and what she has to teach us.

In honor of all mothers, and in loving solidarity with women everywhere who are not and may never be mothers, our focus for this Sunday’s Mother’s Day edition of New Wineskins will be not just Mary’s “physical” motherhood, but what her spiritual motherhood can reveal for all of us.

Please join us this Sunday, May 12, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company as we discuss and celebrate Mary’s universal motherhood.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Food service & Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

April 28 Gathering: Resurrection

Resurrection. Returning from the dead.

It’s an idea that Christians from the beginning have hung their collective hats on. The idea that somehow, death doesn’t get the last word. That there is some kind of life after death.

And the proof is in Easter.

Historically not just a one-day candy-binging holiday but a 50-day liturgical season of celebration of new life, Easter is our yearly reminder of the miracle of Jesus overcoming death on the cross and being raised to life.

But what if it’s really not a miracle at all? What if resurrection was the most natural thing we could possibly believe in? What if it’s the most natural thing we could experience?

This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about the idea of resurrection, both as a future hope and a present reality. And we’ll unpack how we can begin to view resurrection less from a standpoint of overcoming disbelief, but seeing the cosmos for what it really is.

Pleas plan to join us this Sunday, April 28, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for what we hope will be a fascinating conversation about resurrection and reality.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Food service & Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

April 14 Gathering: Holy Week (and free food!)

Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, the days leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus which culminates in Easter.

For centuries, communities of people who follow the ways of Jesus have marked the days of Holy Week in special ways, especially Maundy Thursday (traditionally the day of the Last Supper), Good Friday (the crucifixion), Holy Saturday, and Resurrection Sunday.

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll pull some of those traditions together into a liturgical whole. This week’s format will be a little different than other gatherings, but we’ll still have plenty of time for reflection and conversation.

Oh, and this week, dinner is on us! We’ll provide appetizers for all including meatballs, chicken tenders, pretzel-wrapped franks, and veggies. Water & tea will also be provided. Other beverages are on your own.

Pleas plan to join us this Sunday, April 14, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for a very special celebration of Holy Week with the New Wineskins community.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Food service & Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

March 31 Gathering: Deconstruction

For those of us who grew up with our parents’ (or grandparents’) religion, a time usually comes when we have to appropriate our faith for ourselves. Generally, we have two ways to proceed: either stay on the path, or carve a new one.

For many, this can be a time of deep doubt and difficult questions. We often find that the pat answers we were given in childhood no longer make sense in the world in which we find ourselves. The simple faith with which many of us were raised might seem too simple or, even downright ridiculous.

Often, this angst can lead to existential crisis, a questioning of not just faith, but identity. And that can lead straight into deconstruction: the systematic taking apart of our inherited faith systems. (Read more here)

And that can be a good thing.

While deconstruction can feel stressful and anxiety-filled, it can also help us confront realities we might otherwise deny or ignore. And in its best forms, it can lead to a re-construction that brings us to a richer, more dynamic faith experience.

Join us this Sunday, March 31, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company for a conversation on deconstruction, the difficulties it can bring, and the better future it can bring to life.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm