As Brown and Black communities mourn yet another string of police violence toward their children, as our nation continues to witness wave after wave of senseless gun violence, and as the societal trauma of the ongoing pandemic seems like it might never end, joy can become a difficult thing to imagine. But can our trauma be transformed?
This Sunday at New Wineskins we are thrilled to welcome filmmaker Emily Harger, who is screening her documentary film, "Outspoken" at WVU-Parkersburg this week.
Despite our best efforts to strive for peace, we eventually resort to violence as a means to either get our way or defend ourselves.
Has Christian mission always been a positive influence in the world? Or is there a dark side, one we need to figuratively burn down, in order to recapture our call to the missio dei, God's mission for God's world?
Beyond cheap platitudes and religious-speak, is there really a way peace on earth could actually be realized?
Why are we here? What keeps us coming back? What compels us to invite others? What kind of community are we creating?
Referring to God in masculine terms has drawn plenty of examination in recent years. And it's certainly clear that the creator of humanity transcends gender. But much debate exists as to whether it's appropriate to refer to God--or at least the first person of the Trinity--as "Father." We have to ask ourselves whether such identity … Continue reading June 18 Gathering: God as Father? (a Fathers Day conversation)
What do we really know about the Resurrection? What did it mean to the first followers of Jesus, and how does that impact our lives today?
But what if forgiveness is actually a way of making us more free? What if it's a key that unlocks something remarkable in us, that allows us to take relationships even deeper?
How much do we really know about the man for whom The Feast of St. Patrick was originally dedicated?