Feb. 22 Gathering: Spiritual Practices

Prayer. Meditation. Study. Worship. Fasting. Silence. Sabbath. Service. Our spiritual life brings with it many opportunities for activities that help us grow closer to God and one another. Many bring us deep joy and satisfaction, but others sometimes seem to be difficult. Join us this Sunday, Feb. 22, at The Marietta Brewing Company as we talk about the various practicesContinue reading “Feb. 22 Gathering: Spiritual Practices”

Feb. 8 Gathering: Enslaved by Freedom?

As Americans, we enjoy the idea that we have broad guarantees to wide-ranging personal freedoms. In fact, there’s little we can imagine doing that we can’t do. Our individual rights are deeply ingrained in our psyches and our culture. But is it possible that our very freedoms are actually enslaving us? Is a social ethicContinue reading “Feb. 8 Gathering: Enslaved by Freedom?”

How we do what we do when we do what we do

There are so many different styles and elements to worship today that it’s hard to keep track. Trends rise and fall, and with them, often tensions. So what’s the difference? What is it about all the different ways we “do” worship that causes such anxiety? What’s the point in it all? Join us tonight asContinue reading “How we do what we do when we do what we do”

January 11 Gathering: Religion vs. Jesus

A generation ago, only a very few people might have suggested that there might be a difference between being a follower of the Christian religion and being a follower of Jesus himself. But today, it’s one of the central questions of our faith, and perhaps one of the most divisive. It’s been two years since spoken wordContinue reading “January 11 Gathering: Religion vs. Jesus”

December 14 Gathering: Christmas Love Feast

God loves you, and there’s nothing you can do about it. The “Love Feast,” or Agape Feast, is a practice that traces all the way back to the early church when believers would gather around a common table for a meal, fellowship, and conversation before hearing God’s word proclaimed and celebrating the Eucharist. A millenniumContinue reading “December 14 Gathering: Christmas Love Feast”

Nov 23 Gathering — Sex and the Bible: Guest Speaker Chett Pritchett

  Have you ever wondered what the Bible says about sex? (Or maybe doesn’t say about sex?) Join Chett Pritchett, executive director of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, as he helps us explore assumptions about sex and sexuality found in Scripture (or not found in Scripture) and provides a different way of exploring bibleContinue reading “Nov 23 Gathering — Sex and the Bible: Guest Speaker Chett Pritchett”

Nov. 9 Gathering: Christians and Culture Wars

We get angry when people wish us “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” We loudly bemoan the absence of prayer in public schools. We fight against the removal of Christian symbols from the public square. We flock to any movie with a “Christian” theme or title, regardless of how good (or bad) the actual filmContinue reading “Nov. 9 Gathering: Christians and Culture Wars”

Oct. 26 Gathering: “Unequally Yoked?” How should Christian communities engage other faith traditions?

“Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?” 1 Corinthians 6:14 In our pluralistic culture, more religious and non-religious traditions exist within the same space than perhaps any time in modern history. Interestingly, even as many Christian communities bemoan this diversity of belief systems and worldviews,Continue reading “Oct. 26 Gathering: “Unequally Yoked?” How should Christian communities engage other faith traditions?”

October 12 Gathering: Open Forum

What’s on your mind? What conversations should we be having more of? What issues do you want to shed more light on? As people trying to live into the principles of New Wineskins, how do we navigate the often stormy waters of religion, faith, and culture? This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll break the routine andContinue reading “October 12 Gathering: Open Forum”