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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’ll have a frank Independence Day discussion about decolonizing Christianity and the part we as individuals and communities have to play in it.
Advent is a story. Not just a story that happened but one that still happens. It’s a story of the divine breaking into humanity. It’s a story of how things are and the possibilities of what things can become.
Biblical storytelling is a unique way to encounter and humanize the scriptures. This week, Rev. Drew Willard, a semi-retired pastor in the United Church of Christ, will walk us through a fun and fascinating look into the story of Jonah.
If we take a step back and look at the fantasy stories that make up our era, we see a mosaic of the Gospel.
But what if the people who first compiled these stories into the scriptural canon were less concerned with historical fact than with relating more nuanced levels of meaning? What if stories like the Exodus, Jonah, and Ruth are really more legend than memoir?
Often, it seems our faith is motivated more by fear than by love. Fear of death, fear of the other, fear of the unknown. Fear of punishment. Fear of hell.
What if vulnerability is actually at the heart of what it means to be fully human? What if, without vulnerability, we are missing out on something that is at the core of our true essence?
As it happens, stories have immense power. And what we do with the power of our own stories in many ways defines who it is that we actually are.