By Derrick Peterson
New Wine, New Wineskins is continuing to host 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. This year our major theme is focusing on Trauma and Resilience in all of its many aspects.
One of our upcoming forums will be at New Hope church where panelists will include John Rosensteel (Pastor, New Hope), Dr. 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, mental health professionals Hazel Barrett and Mariah LeFeber, and which will be moderated by our Director Dr. Paul Louis Metzger.
All too often mental health struggles are viewed with suspicion, even seen as a sign of sin and God's disfavor. Such beliefs negatively impact the individuals in question, as well as communities as a whole. It is important for churches to partner with the scientific community in order to better understand how to love those struggling in our midst. 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.
New Hope Church PDX is located at: 11731 SE STEVENS RD. HAPPY VALLEY OR 97086