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Conference to be Held at Multnomah Biblical Seminary


On May 9 and 10, Multnomah Biblical Seminary's Institute of Intercultural Studies: New Wine, New Wineskins will sponsor a conference titled Culture, Christ and the Kingdom. New Wine will co-sponsor this event with Wiconi International, which exists to see indigenous people come to faith and life in Jesus Christ and to fulfill their God-given place in the body of Christ worldwide. As a result of this partnership, the conference will explore indigenous ministry among First Nations people and the unique voice with which pre-modern people groups can speak into a post-modern culture for the sake of Christ.

As our society becomes more ethnically and culturally diverse, how will the church respond to the challenges such diversity brings? Today's church leaders must rise to the challenge to pray, think and work through these issues together with an eye toward cultural sensitivity, biblical integrity, genuine unity and our future hope in Christ. This conference is unique in that New Wine will be partnering with outstanding Native North American Christian thinkers and theologians whose particular perspective and experience will shed light on the task at hand.

Guest speakers will include Richard Twiss, President of Wiconi International; Terry LeBlanc from the Mi'kmaq Nation; Ray Aldred from the Cree Nation; Cheryl Barnetson from the Carrier Nation; and Dr. Paul Metzger, Director of New Wine, New Wineskins. Together they will tackle the following themes: a theology of culture, biblical worldview, dangers of syncretism and relativism, cultural sensitivity, indigenous hymnody/praise & worship, the emerging indigenous world missions movement, changing paradigms in Native ministry and the impact of a First Nations worldview in a postmodern culture. Besides formal presentations, there will be workshops and Native dance.

Culture, Christ and the Kingdom is scheduled for Friday, May 9 from 2:30-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 from 9:00 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Registration will be held prior to the start of each day's events. The cost of this two-day event is $20 per person, $30 per couple, and $10 for students. The conference will be held at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, located at 8435 NE Glisan, Portland, in rooms 111 & 112 of Travis-Lovitt Hall. For more information about this or other conferences, contact Tracy at 503.251.6767, e-mail New Wine at or check out our web site at

The Institute of Intercultural Studies: New Wine, New Wineskins, directed by Dr. Paul Metzger, is an official program of Multnomah Biblical Seminary and is dedicated to bringing Christ to contemporary culture.