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New Wine’s Homeward Bound Conference: A Home for the Homeless


Multnomah Biblical Seminary's New Wine, New Wineskins presents Homeward Bound: A Home for the Homeless, a two-day conference addressing the issue of homelessness in the Portland area. Featuring keynote speaker Ron Marlette, the conference will take place on April 7-8.

Ron Marlette is the founder of the nationally recognized Mission Solano of Fairfield, California. New Wine, New Wineskins and Marlette will partner with local leaders (sacred and secular) to offer redemptive, holistic ways of "engaging the plight of homelessness in the greater Portland area."

"We want to give people a window into the homeless culture in Portland, and to help equip them to be active participants in assisting homeless people," says Dr. Paul Metzger, professor at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and Director of New Wine, New Wineskins. "Homelessness touches all of us, and it is no longer just the person with the brown paper bag. We will be looking to Ron Marlette and other practitioners and experts in the field to help us gain insights into how to tackle this growing problem. In addition to the sessions with Ron, there will be a panel discussion with members of local agencies and ministries serving the homeless, and an overview of Jesus' compassionate outreach."

Homeward Bound's Friday, April 7 session begins at 7:00 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. The Saturday, April 8 session begins at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until 6:00 p.m. The discounted admission is $15 for both days of the conference. The cost is $5 for the Friday session alone, and $15 to attend just the Saturday session. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Multnomah Seminary office (8435 NE Glisan St.) or at the door.

The conference will be hosted by Central Bible Church at 8815 NE Glisan St. Seating is limited. Doors open one hour prior to events. For more information, call New Wine at 503-251-6767.