By Derrick Peterson
New Wine, New Wineskins is continuing to host a series of forums 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 such upcoming forum is entitled "Environmental Stewardship and Human Flourishing," which will be held at Multnomah University on Tuesday April 25th from 7-9 PM (Room TBD).
Our panelists reflect the diverse and overlapping concerns as well as expertise on this important subject. They include Dr. Richard White of Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University, who teaches classes in Portland State's Community Studies and Health People Healthy Places clusters, as well as urban theology courses for area Christian colleges and seminaries; Dr. Steve Kolmes, Director of Environmental Studies and the Rev. John Molter C.S.C Chair of Science at the University of Portland; Dr. A.J. Swoboda, author and editor of numerous books including Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology, and is also Pastor of Theophilus Church in Portland, as well as the National Director of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance, David Greenidge (Senior Pastor of Tigard Covenant Church and Executive Director of National Urban Housing) and J.W. Matt Hennessee, Senior Pastor, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church. The panel will be moderated by New Wine's Director, Dr. Paul Louis Metzger (Professor of Theology of Culture, Multnomah University and Biblical Seminary).
Just as one of the biggest medical mistakes the United States made mid-century was to separate human health from environmental health, so too a prevalent problem with many Christian theologies is a separation of creation care from the Good News of the Gospel. Come join in the discussion talking about practical ways to unite what we have previously divided.