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!
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 Companyas we discuss and celebrate Mary’s universal motherhood.
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 Companyfor what we hope will be a fascinating conversation about resurrection and reality.
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 Companyfor a very special celebration of Holy Week with the New Wineskins community.
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 Companyfor a conversation on deconstruction, the difficulties it can bring, and the better future it can bring to life.
So what would our favorite snake-charming leprechaun think of what’s become of his tradition (notwithstanding the fact we just referred to him as a snake-charming leprechaun!)?
The Celtic tradition in Christianity is actually a deep and important part of our heritage, and is perhaps one of the most often overlooked in the 21st Century church. Marked by a deep connection with nature, an organic faith rooted in trinitarian theology, Celtic spirituality opens the doors for us to experience the Christ through contemplation and mysticism and its own unique liturgical movements.
Especially important to Celtic spirituality is the notion of “thin places:” those spaces (both physical and in relationships) where the realms of heaven and earth seem to be so near they almost overlap.
This Sunday at New Wineskins, we’ll hoist a glass (green beer if you like, although good St. Pat would firmly disagree!) to our Celtic ancestors and discuss ways we can add richness to our own practices by bringing some of theirs into our world today.
Please plan to join us Sunday, March 17, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Companyas we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning more about Celtic Spirituality!
It’s almost upon us…Lent! That time of year when we put oil and ashes on our head and spend the next 6 weeks invoking some kind of personal misery in preparation for the glory of Easter Sunday. Giving up chocolate or coffee or diet soda or some other vice as a sign of sacrifice in unity with our Blessed Lord and Savior.
Okay, that may have been a bit snarky. But sometimes it seems the practice of “giving up something for Lent” can seem a little more self-serving than self-giving.
The practice of giving up something for Lent probably comes from ancient catechism practices, where new converts ended their long (up to 2 years in some cases) preparation with a 40-day period of personal sacrifice and cleansing as sort of a final initiation rite prior to their Easter morning baptisms.
But in a world where the personal Lenten fast has often become more about an individual show of perseverance than a sacrificial act of love, maybe we need some new practices.
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll talk about the concept of “Reverse Lent.” While it’s not a new idea by any means and has been practiced by Christians in some manner for a long time, it’s a way of adding some kind of meaningful practice to your life during Lent rather than taking something away (below are a couple of helpful links with ideas you might find interesting).
So please join us this Sunday, March 3, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Companyto hear and share some ideas about how “Reverse Lent” might bring some meaning to your season!
Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm
Conversation Begins: 7:00pm
*Check out these websites with ideas of how to do something different for Lent: