Aug. 7 Gathering: Fragility at the Center

Is it possible to build community that centers the marginalized without colonizing their spaces?

It’s a difficult question, especially for those of us who have historically found ourselves in positions of societal privilege.

How can voices from the margins be amplified without reinforcing toxic hierarchies?

How can we build community with the most vulnerable without objectifying them?

How can we move beyond inclusivity to liberation?

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll continue our summer series on Community & Connectedness with a challenging conversation about what it means to center folks from the margins and how sometimes even our best efforts to be inclusive can still amount to little more than assimilation.

Our video from The Work of the People this week features Cambridge professor and author David Ford discussing the need for Christian communities to be built around the disenfranchised. After viewing the video, we’ll have a discussion about how people from traditionally privileged groups can engage in that work vulnerably and authentically.

Join us this Sunday, Aug. 7, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub for a potentially difficult yet important conversation about centering the margins not just for the sake of inclusivity, but full liberation.

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


Featured image: photograph of an art installation by Banksy at the Walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem, Palestine

July 31 Gathering: Art as catalyst for community with guest artist Jonathon Dewveall

So far during our summer series on Community & Connectedness, we’ve talked about how being part of something bigger than ourselves, being deeply vulnerable, and embracing diversity are key elements to authentic communities.

This week, we explore a different question: can a community exist without art?

Singer-songwriter Jonathon Dewveall will join us this Sunday to lead a conversation rooted in music to help us explore the critical role art and the artist play in helping a community express its needs, desires, emotions, and—ultimately—its identity.

Using his “In The Corner” virtual house show model, Jonathon will lead us on a journey through music and dialogue to help us explore the vital intersections of art and community.

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


Check out Jonathon’s latest video below!

Listen to Jonathon here:


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July 24 Gathering: Close but Different

“If one person fails and suffers, it’s everyone’s business”

—Rowan Williams

What are the distinctives of a community? What makes “community” different than just a gathering of individuals?

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll continue our summer series on community and connectedness with a conversation about how community and diversity go hand-in-hand within a broader culture that too often sacrifices unity at the altar of uniformity.

Our video from The Work of the People* this week features former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams discussing how the early Pauline Christians within the Roman Empire offered a thoroughly alternative community to the prevailing status quo by bringing together people of different racial, gender, and socioeconomic stations around a common table with the common goal of loving each other counter-culturally.

Join us this Sunday, July 24, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub for a conversation about how our differences can actually make us closer and form the foundations of a loving, trusting community.

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


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July 17 Gathering: Go Deeper

How often are our churches places of “empty camaraderie and inward loneliness?” Places where we put on our Sunday best to cover up our Friday worst?

What happens when faith communities create space instead for deep vulnerability and authenticity? How could that be good not just for individuals, but for the community as a whole?

This week at New Wineskins we’ll continue our our summer series on Community & Connectedness with a conversation about how going deeper in the context of community helps people connect on the most relational levels and how those connections work together to transform lives.

Our video this week from The Work of the People features author & activist Glennon Doyle on how truth-telling from the deepest levels is the key that unlocks the power for both individuals and communities to become healthier, happier, and have greater influence on the world around us.

Join us this Sunday, July 17, as we discuss how going deeper makes us a stronger, more purposeful community.

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


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July 10 Gathering: Holon

The word “Holon“ is a term from the field of philosophy that connotes that every thing is whole and complete unto itself, and yet also part of a larger whole or system.

Applied to faith communities, it’s a way of recognizing that while each individual in the community is a whole and complete person, we’re also collectively part of something more.

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll kick off our summer series on Community & Connectedness by discussing how we create space for individuals to thrive by connecting ourselves to communities that together are more than the sum of their constituent parts. Our featured video from The Work of the People features author & speaker Suzanne Stabile talking about how making room for ideas with which we may not agree can be a key to building more authentic communities.

Join us this Sunday, July 10, as we explore the phenomenon of Holon as a community-building concept that has implications beyond our limited reach as individuals.

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


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2022 Summer Series: Community & Connectedness

What makes us a community?

What elements and attributes of our weekly gatherings promote connectedness and mutuality?

What impact does our community have on the world around us? The planet? The cosmos?

This summer at New Wineskins, we’ll take a deep dive into the Divine design for community, what makes a community tick, and how healthy & impactful faith communities arrange their lives for the common good.

Each week, we’ll engage with content ranging from video presentations* to guest speakers & artists around the theme of community as we seek to better understand our own community as a collective and what each of our individual roles might be in building, strengthening, and empowering our community to make a difference in the world.

Join us every Sunday through July and August as we explore community & connectedness through the following sources:

  • July 10: Holon — Suzanne Stabile | If every thing is whole and complete unto itself and yet also part of a bigger whole, what is the implication for faith communities? (preview video)
  • July 17: Go Deeper — Glennon Doyle | Finding community through vulnerability & authenticity
  • July 24: Close But Different — Rowan Williams | How mutual vulnerability and support makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts
  • July 31: Guest Artist Jonathon Dewveall | Music & art as a catalyst for community
  • Aug. 7: Fragility at the Center — David Ford | How building communities around the needs of the most marginalized changes the world
  • Aug. 14: Hurt or Heal? — Brené Brown | If churches/communities aren’t healing, they’re hurting
  • Aug. 21: God Doesn’t Need Worship — James Alison | Emotional manipulation vs. eucharistic relationship
  • Aug. 28: Pulling All Things Together in Love — James Forbes | Experiencing God as relational reality changes everything

*Video previews from The Work of the People will be available from the Wednesday prior through the Monday following each gathering.

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


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July 3: Community Sabbath (No Gathering)

Once every 3 months we take a break from our weekly gatherings to provide space for rest and renewal. It’s one of the spiritual practices that are part of the rhythm of our community.

We’ll reconvene for our regular Sunday night gatherings on July 10. See you then!

Our next Community Sabbath will be in October.


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June 26 Gathering: Objectifying God

One of the issues we have with understanding the doctrine of the trinity is that we don’t have a frame of reference for understanding a “3-in-1” being. The fact that our trinitarian language refers to the Godhead as “three persons” probably doesn’t help.

Essentially, our problem is that we’re trying to know God as an object. And it’s from that objectification that we create all sorts of theological problems that manifest in all kinds of interpersonal and social problems.

But what if there’s another way to think about the Divine? What if, instead of anthropomorphizing (assigning human qualities to) God, we began to accept that God really is love? And that love is that relational energy “in between” the parts of the trinity that really matters?

This week at New Wineskins, we’ll conclude our 3-week session on Trinitarian Spirituality by discussing the ways we objectify God and the spiritual practices that help us break down our dualistic thinking habits to embrace the idea that God cannot be known, only loved.

Join us this Sunday, June 26, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub as we talk about the ways God reveals Godself that lead us away from objectification and toward an entire cosmos created, sustained, and redeemed by love itself.

NEW! Preview our video for this Sunday! Want to prepare ahead for this week’s discussion? Can’t make our gathering but you want to see the video for future conversations? The Work of the People now allows limited video sharing without a subscription! You can watch the video anytime between now and next Monday (6/27). Just follow this link and enter your email address to view Fr. Richard Rohr’s video on The Self Limiting God.

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


Coming up

July 3: Quarterly Community Sabbath (no gathering) — Once every 3 months we take a break from our weekly gatherings to provide space for rest and renewal. It’s one of the spiritual practices that are part of the rhythm of our community. We’ll reconvene for our regular Sunday night gatherings on July 10. Our next Community Sabbath will be in October.


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June 19 Gathering: The Pattern of the Trinity

For many people, one of the greatest challenges with the doctrine of the Trinity is trying to rationalize the idea of a single being that is actually made up of three distinct beings. That’s one of the reasons that so many of our metaphors for the trinity are so unhelpful.

But what if we’re trying to explain the wrong thing? What if it’s not so much the three parts of the trinity that are important, but the relationship between them?

This week at New Wineskins we’ll continue our series on trinitarian spirituality by considering the relational pattern of the trinity and how that pattern is evident from the smallest particles to the most distant galaxies.

Join us this Sunday, June 19, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub for week 2 of our 3-week examination of the trinity as we discuss the relational nature of trinitarian spirituality and how it informs our theology and the way we interact with other people and the universe we’re part of.

NEW! Preview our video for this Sunday! Want to prepare ahead for this week’s discussion? Can’t make our gathering but you want to see the video for future conversations? The Work of the People now allows limited video sharing without a subscription! You can watch the video anytime between now and next Monday (6/20). Just follow this link and enter your email address to view Fr. Richard Rohr’s video on The Pattern of the Trinity.

Coming up

June 19: The Pattern of the Trinity
June 26: Objectifying God
July 3: Quarterly Community Sabbath (no gathering)

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


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June 12 Gathering: Everything Has Meaning

Introducing a 3-part (what else?!) series on a progressive theology of the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity may be one of the most mysterious, difficult, and misunderstood concepts in all of Christianity. Besides not appearing specifically anywhere in Christian or Hebrew scriptures, it’s an idea that seems so open to interpretations and mostly un-helpful metaphors (eggs, pizza, shamrocks, etc.) that it becomes more confusing than constructive for most people.

But what if we looked at it through a larger lens? What if we saw trinitarian spirituality not just through the filters of religious tradition, but as a foundational concept in which all of reality is rooted?

Starting this week and continuing through the rest of June, we’ll explore trinitarian spirituality through a series of videos from The Work of the People featuring Fr. Richard Rohr as he unpacks some of the synergy between Trinitarian theology and philosophy, sociology, and even quantum physics.

Sunday June 12 (Trinity Sunday): Everything Has Meaning

What does it mean to say that everything has meaning? Where & how does dualistic thinking cause us to miss divine meaning and divine presence? How does a deep Trinitarian spirituality lead to the kind of radical inclusiveness Jesus appears to model but our churches so often reject?

Join us this Sunday, June 12, in our New Wineskins Virtual Theology Pub as we launch our 3-week series on Trinitarian Spirituality with a conversation about how a trinitarian worldview always leads us to more open, more inclusive, more diverse experiences of the divine, of humanity, and of the cosmos.

NEW! Preview our video for this Sunday! Want to prepare ahead for this week’s discussion? Can’t make our gathering but you want to see the video for future conversations? The Work of the People now allows limited video sharing without a subscription! You can watch the video anytime between now and next Monday (6/13). Just follow this link.

Coming up

June 19: The Pattern of the Trinity
June 26: Objectifying God
July 3: Quarterly Community Sabbath (no gathering)

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


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