One of New Wine, New Wineskin's aims is to foster a constructive dialogue involving the faith and science communities in contemporary society.
Two dimensions of American culture are its keen spiritual intuition on the one hand, and a passionate pursuit of scientific inquiry on the other. Unfortunately many observers perceive that these two domains are always in conflict with one another. While some conflict is inevitable (and even healthy) in any discourse involving distinct disciplines, it is crucial that we facilitate dialogue on faith and science in all of it's various aspects. What is at stake is the common good.
If dialogue even amid disagreement is not sought, we will not be in a position to promote societal well-being. Recent surveys have found many people of faith go to their spiritual leaders—such as pastors—with questions regarding science. All too often faith-leaders are ill-equipped to address scientific issues, or congregations are made to feel the questions themselves are taboo. When the faith-community is uninformed on pressing cultural issues, it negatively impacts the church’s witness in a scientific age. In partnership with New Wine, New Wineskins, Multnomah Biblical Seminary was one of only ten seminaries across the United States to receive a major grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. New Wine and Multnomah Seminary will assist students, pastors, and their parishioners in becoming more informed on key scientific topics, and their intersection with matters of faith for more effective ministry.