What does liberation mean to you?
What if individuality is a delusion?
What do we do when the trite platitudes of the church—the ones that say God won’t give you more than you can handle or that our trials only make us stronger—show themselves to be wildly inadequate?
Despite much of Christianity’s hyper-individualistic focus on forgiveness as a cosmic get-out-of-jail-free card, there’s much more to the biblical narrative than manipulative atonement theories.
During the next few weeks, we’ll peel back the platitudes and explore the ways that forgiveness is at the root of the gospel precisely because it’s at the root of liberation.
How can we center marginalized voices not just for inclusivity, but for liberation?
Is there a more subversive act in all of scripture than Jesus’ “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem the week before his execution…the event we call “Palm Sunday?”
If the church is meant to be the body of Christ, why has it become so complicit with systems that exploit and objectify? Are we missing a prophetic moment?
Is the primary reason to follow Jesus his ability to perform miracles? Or is there something more? Are there “greater things than these” we should be paying attention to?
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll end our (r)Advent journey with a discussion of how Love extended to those most oppressed and marginalized by our societal systems and structures is the heartbeat of reality and the key not only to their liberation, but our own.