We're having a picnic!
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll engage with a video from The Work of the People featuring Sr. Simone Campbell of the Nuns on the Bus movement about how our hyper-individualistic society has blinded us to reality and how a sense of holy mischief can awaken us to who and what God is and how participating in acts & movements of justice bring us closer to the Beloved Community.
This week at New Wineskins we‘re very excited to welcome Wheeling, WV resident, activist, and organizer Amy Jo Hutchinson as our guest speaker! Amy Jo is working with Faithful Democracy to organize and mobilize faith communities in West Virginia and beyond to support the For The People Act, the sweeping voter rights and election reform legislation currently before Congress.
What do we need to be freed from? How can we be agents of freedom for others?
Join us this Sunday, May 9, for a conversation about how faith communities can critique the systemic sins of greed and violence and work toward more equitable and just societal norms.
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?