It's Open Forum week at New Wineskins! Our March 8 gathering will be open to whatever topics you'd like to discuss. So what's on your mind? What questions are you struggling to answer? What issues need deeper conversation? Where do you need hope? Where do you see hope happening? As always, the only ground rule … Continue reading March 8 Gathering: Open Forum
As Americans, we enjoy the idea that we have broad guarantees to wide-ranging personal freedoms. In fact, there's little we can imagine doing that we can't do. Our individual rights are deeply ingrained in our psyches and our culture. But is it possible that our very freedoms are actually enslaving us? Is a social ethic … Continue reading Feb. 8 Gathering: Enslaved by Freedom?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IAhDGYlpqY A generation ago, only a very few people might have suggested that there might be a difference between being a follower of the Christian religion and being a follower of Jesus himself. But today, it's one of the central questions of our faith, and perhaps one of the most divisive. It's been two years since spoken … Continue reading January 11 Gathering: Religion vs. Jesus
God loves you, and there's nothing you can do about it. The "Love Feast," or Agape Feast, is a practice that traces all the way back to the early church when believers would gather around a common table for a meal, fellowship, and conversation before hearing God's word proclaimed and celebrating the Eucharist. A millennium … Continue reading December 14 Gathering: Christmas Love Feast
Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about sex? (Or maybe doesn’t say about sex?) Join Chett Pritchett, executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, as he helps us explore assumptions about sex and sexuality found in Scripture (or not found in Scripture) and provides a different way of exploring bible … Continue reading Nov 23 Gathering — Sex and the Bible: Guest Speaker Chett Pritchett
We get angry when people wish us "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." We loudly bemoan the absence of prayer in public schools. We fight against the removal of Christian symbols from the public square. We flock to any movie with a "Christian" theme or title, regardless of how good (or bad) the actual film … Continue reading Nov. 9 Gathering: Christians and Culture Wars
"Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?" 1 Corinthians 6:14 In our pluralistic culture, more religious and non-religious traditions exist within the same space than perhaps any time in modern history. Interestingly, even as many Christian communities bemoan this diversity of belief systems and worldviews, … Continue reading Oct. 26 Gathering: “Unequally Yoked?” How should Christian communities engage other faith traditions?