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 Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins reflects our commitment to biblically informed, Christ-centered cultural engagement. You can take part in conferences that 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, New Wineskins exists to mobilize local churches and other Christian organizations to share effectively the good news of the Father, Son and Spirit’s just love and peace, foster meaningful dialogue with diverse communities, and identify and serve marginalized populations against the backdrop of increasing cultural divisions. New Wine provides consultation and training in such difficult areas as race and class, sexuality and gender, faith and science, and religious pluralism. The goal of New Wine’s work is to help equip generations of Jesus’ followers to extinguish hate, intolerance and misunderstanding and maximize grace and truth for human flourishing in our world today.
New Wine is an official program of Multnomah University. Our vision is fleshed out in several of our seminary courses:
- Intercultural Studies 701
- Christian Theology & World Religions
- Intercultural Studies 642
- Theology of Community and Ministry 711
- Theology of Cultural Engagement
- Theology 650
- Incarnational Apologetics, and Theology 732
- Biblical Theology of Evangelism
At New Wine, we re-imagine 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.
Transforming the church’s conflicts, both within the church and with the surrounding culture, into opportunities for unity through the Triune God’s grace and truth.
Jesus’ followers will be known for their healing impact in matters of cultural conflict and their support of marginalized people.
Our Core Values
- Love – Reflecting the posture of the Father, Son and Spirit (the Triune God) in engaging culture.
- Truth – Articulating a biblical understanding of God, humanity, and creation.
- Civility – Approaching areas of conflict with tenacious grace and an inquisitive posture.
- Common Good – Pursuing diverse partnerships in areas of conflict with others from across the cultural spectrum for human flourishing.
- Advocacy – Following God’s command to care for all manner of marginalized people groups.
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
- Lifestyle evangelism
- 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).
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.”
M.A. in Theological Studies
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.”
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.
- Visit our website for more info, conference dates and more.
- Check out our online journal, Cultural Encounters.
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