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 Imago Dei Church for one of these forums Wednesday April 13th from 7:00-8:30pm in order to provide a panel discussion on "You Vote What You Love: Being Peacemakers in the Culture Wars." New Wine, New Wineskin's Director Dr. Paul Louis Metzger will be the panel moderator, and panelists will include Joshua Butler (Pastor of Local and Global Outreach at Imago Dei, author of Skeletons in God's Closet ) and Dr. Robert Potter (Chair of the Bio-Ethics Study Group and Assistant Director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, also one of our science advisors commissioned by the AAAS grant) and several others (TBD).
Drawing from research in social psychology, and the theology of the affections, this forum will highlight how people make their decisions. We are more than just rational creatures, in this political season we must account for people’s emotional states in affecting change and cultivating civil discourse. Augustine argued that the whole world runs on love, be it ordered well or disordered and chaotic. How are we ordering our loves? How are our loves shaping us, for better or for worse? If you are what you love -- what are you?
[Photo Credit: "Hearts on Fire" by Alfred Payne]