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Dec. 18 Gathering: Love

Advent:Reimagined Week 4

Institutions like the church thrive on data. How many people attend? How much money has been raised? How many projects have been completed? How many people have been served?

The problem, of course, is that over time the data becomes the driving force. But what often gets left behind is the transformational narrative of what happens when people encounter Divine love.

This week at New Wineskins we’ll celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent:Reimagined by exploring the theme of Love, and how the way we love creates stories of divine encounter that change people’s lives. Our discussion video features a conversation between theologian Walter Brueggemann and community developer Peter Block about the power of transformational narrative within a community to debunk the scarcity-based narrative of empire.

Our candle-lighting liturgy this week will be led by Nancy Stephens and will be based on the Lectionary gospel text for this week, Matt.1:18-25. You are invited to have a candle or Advent wreath handy to participate.

Please join us this Sunday, Dec. 18, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub powered by Zoom for our Advent conversation about love, narrative, and the power of transformation.

Click here to view this week’s video on The Work of the People.

6:00pm EDT: Happy Half-Hour (informal meet & greet time)
6:30pm EDT: Presentation & conversation begin

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