New Wine Forum, "Holistic Approaches to Mental Illness" at Gateway Church -- Wednesday April 20th, 7:00-8:30 PM.

By Derrick Peterson

New Wine, New Wineskins is hosting a series of forums at local churches in the Greater Portland area in the weeks and months ahead in our endeavor to foster a constructive dialogue on faith and science. This pursuit is bound up with Multnomah Biblical Seminary's grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that is being overseen by New Wine.  In addition to these forums, the public is encouraged to join New Wine for our upcoming conference "Church and Science: Partners for the Common Good" (April 16th and 23rd) at Multnomah University.

New Wine is partnering with Gateway Church for one of these forums on Wednesday, April 20th from 7:00-8:30 pm in order to provide a panel discussion for those affected by mental illness.  Joining New Wine's Director Paul Louis Metzger (Ph.D.), who will be serving as moderator, will be the following panelists: Tom Schiave (M.Div.), Senior Pastor at Gateway Church,  Katelan Hostetler (M.A. Counseling), LifeQuest NW Counselor, and Robert Potter (M.D., Ph.D.), formerly Chair of the Bioethics Study Group, former Assistant Director at the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, and who presently serves as one of Multnomah Seminary's science advisers.

All too often mental illness is viewed with suspicion, perhaps even a sign of sin and God's disfavor.  Such sweeping caricatures negatively impact the individuals in question, as well as communities as a whole.  It is important for churches to partner with the scientific community for appropriate diagnoses and care.  This forum will give concrete, practical assistance to individuals and communities regarding how to attend with care and compassion to the various scientific, pastoral, and theological complexities of mental illness. There will be opportunity to engage with the panel during the forum.

Gateway Church is located at 13300 NE San Rafael St Portland, OR, 97230.

For more information, please email derrickpeterson@multnomah.edu.