New Wine, New Wineskins Institute

Be informed and engaged 

As a Christ-follower, you need to be well-versed in more than just the Bible. You also have to be aware of the complex issues facing society so you can bear witness to Christ in diverse cultures, communities and settings. 

The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins reflects our commitment to biblically informed, Christ-centered cultural engagement. You can take part in conferences the address topics such as justice, homelessness and same-sex marriage. You can plan events, network with local churches and forge friendships in the broader community. And wherever you go, you'll be a catalyst for respect, understanding and peace.

About New Wine

New Wine is an official program of Multnomah University. Our vision — to bear witness to Christ in contemporary culture — is fleshed out in several of our seminary courses:

  • Intercultural Studies 701 
  • Christian Theology & World Religions
  • Intercultural Studies 642 
  • Theology of Cultural Engagement
  • Theology 650 
  • Incarnational Apologetics, and Theology 732 
  • Biblical Theology of Evangelism

At New Wine, we reimagine how we can holistically communicate the eternal Word of Christ to an ever-changing culture. We keep one finger on the Bible and another on the daily news; this helps us provide forums that teach our community how to speak meaningfully to the current concerns of Christ in the church and broader culture. 

Our mission

We seek to live incarnationally in our communities and beyond.

New Wine conferences

We live out our mission by hosting biannual, educational conferences that cover a wide range of cultural issues. Past conference topics have included:

  • Community development
  • Conflict in Israel and Palestinian
  • Faith and the arts
  • Global climate change
  • Homelessness
  • Immigration
  • Lifestyle evangelism
  • Racism
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Globalized slave trading
  • The prison system

Our conferences have featured nationally recognized speakers such as Lisa Sharon Harper (immigration), John Perkins (community development) and Christena Clevland (racial reconciliation). 

Internship opportunities

New Wine interns meet bimonthly, take biannual retreats, and share meals together frequently. Interns have the opportunity to plan community events and on-campus engagement activities, such as film screenings and multicultural meals.

While the specific endeavors of the program fluctuate based on the interests of current interns, all initiatives flow out of the theology of cultural engagement.


“This program changed my perspective. We are not called to fear dialogue and exchange with those who don’t hold our convictions — we’re called to foster kindness, respect and a willingness to listen and recognize humanity in all people.” 

Tawny Johnson
Th.M. graduate
Literary Agent, D.C. Jacobson & Associates

“As Christians, we can get insular and forget to engage with people outside our faith. This program is a hidden gem — it paints a vivid reflection of who Christ is and how he interacted with people.” 

Emil Khooda
M.Div. graduate
Chaplain, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center 

Why are we called New Wine, New Wineskins?

Jesus referred to himself, his message and his listeners as new wine poured into new wineskins:

"No one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out, and the wineskins will be ruined. No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins." Luke 5:37-38

This metaphor is about life transformation. It's about bringing the Word to life. Our desire is to see new wine, the truth of the Gospel, poured into new wineskins — the lives of people in contemporary culture.

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