PAST CONFERENCES

MAXIMIZE—DON’T MARGINALIZE: NEW WINE CONFERENCE SERIES

4.13.2023-5.18.2023
A six-week webinar series addressing the importance of maximizing the personhood of the other, rather than marginalizing them.

We live in a day and age where it is so easy to depersonalize other humans. It is vitally important to maximize others’ personhood in view of their inherent dignity rather than minimize them. An all-encompassing Christian doctrine of creation will require that we treat the human as well as non-human creation as sacred rather than profane. New Wine’s conference series “Maximize—Don’t Marginalize” addressed various pressing issues along these lines: suicide prevention, end-of-life care, minority religious groups’ freedoms, the non-human creation’s welfare, racial sensitivity and policing, and LGBTQ+ youths’ wellbeing. Read descriptions of the various sessions and access the videorecordings at the link below.
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BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS CONFERENCE

4.8.2022
This New Wine conference addressed various challenging and potentially divisive topics, including gun violence and COVID masks, as well as other political, cultural and religious divisions. Click Learn More to for a conference overview and access to the video playlist.
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COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM

10.27.2021
This forum featured Dr. Dave Kresta and a highly knowledgeable and experienced group of panelists addressing economics, community, faith and the truth of Jesus walking down main street today. Click Learn More to view a recording of this forum.
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2021 CONFERENCE: MENTAL HEALTH: BUILDING BRIDGES, NOT WALLS

2.26.2021
The discussion on mental health within the church and the community is a vital and most timely one to have in our current culture. Often conversations regarding mental health are marked by religious stigma. How should we, as the church, foster hope and connect empathetically with those struggling? Video recordings available in the link below.
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FROM ISOLATION TO INVITATION: A CONFERENCE ON DISABILITIES

3.16.2019
For too long people with disabilities have been isolated in the church and our culture at large. This conference aimed to heighten the awareness of the church and the community, and to serve as a catalyst for those already involved to move from isolation to invitation within the church and broader culture.
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RELIGIOUS PROSECUTION, PRIVILEGE, PARANOIA–AND HOPE

4.7.2017
We had such an amazing turnout this April 7th that was filled with great energy, and even better conversation. If you weren’t able to make it, here is the workshop audio from five of six of our workshops! (One of our workshop presenters declined to have their presentation recorded due to some sensitive information being shared).
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TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE

3.18.2017
Trauma occurs when the very tools we use to build trust in the world are those things by which we’ve been betrayed. How does one cope, when the usual ways to cope are the things that cause harm? During this conference our many speakers presented trauma from a variety of angles to help us not only recognize how trauma affects all corners of life—from relationships, to communities, to politics, to literature—but also how we can begin to help one another heal and move beyond brokenness into resilience.

CHURCH & SCIENCE: PARTNERS FOR THE COMMON GOOD

4.16.2016 & 4.23.2016
Exploring the lost connections between faith and science — and forging new ones.
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IMMIGRATION REFORMATION

4.27.2013
Everyone wants immigration reform. But we stand a divided country, ready to come to blows over the prescription for our broken system. Even within the church, hostile opinions leave us wondering what the “Christian position” on immigration ought to be. Could it be that all of us in the United States desperately need both a restructuring of laws and a restructuring of the heart?
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CHURCH & STATE CONFERENCE

10.27.2012
In anticipation of our upcoming election season, many Christians are asking “Is there a Christian way to vote?” This conference will go beyond the “Christian voter card” to considering holistic ways of bringing our faith to bear in the public sector.

GENDER CONFERENCE

3.3.2012
What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a woman? Does it even matter? How do these questions bear upon topics such as how we work together in society at large and the church in ways that affirm and promote us in all that God has created us to be? It is so important to seek clarity with civility in pursuit of biblical unity, diversity, and honor in a culture where our beauty as God’s human creation is so often endangered by physical, emotional, and spiritual abuse. We approached gender identity from a variety of angles in a biblically integrated and in a culturally meaningful manner. We had a full slate of topics including gender roles, sex trafficking, pornography, gender non-conforming, masculinity, femininity, complementarianism, egalitarianism, the Trinity and gender, gender and social construction, headship, and ethnicity and gender.

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WORSHIPING IN THE MATRIX: TECHNOLOGY IN COMMUNICATION, CULTURE, AND THE CHURCH

11.5.2011
People worship. Whether we’re talking about money, work, sex, drugs, rock n roll, or the Triune God. At this conference, we will reflect upon how technology and social media help foster or hinder authentic communion with the Triune God and community with the church and culture at large.
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TWO WAILING WALLS AND THE PEOPLES OF PROMISE

10.2.2010
There are two wailing walls. One is the remains of the Temple, symbolizing in part the sense of oppression the Jews experienced under foreign invaders and their longing for their dreams as a people to be realized. The other wailing wall is that erected by the Jewish state, and which the Palestinians believe marginalizes and keeps them from pursuing their dreams as a people.
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LIFESTYLE EVANGELISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY: BUILDING BRIDGES TO NEIGHBORS AND NEIGHBORHOODS

9.26.2009
New Wine’s fall conference, Lifestyle Evangelism in the 21st Century: Building Bridges to Neighbors and Neighborhoods was held Saturday, September 26th at Mosaic Church. The conference highlighted the profound evangelistic and missional approach generated by Dr. Joe Aldrich’s classic book Lifestyle Evangelism and what lifestyle evangelism looks like in the 21st century.
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NEW WINE SPRING CONFERENCE “CREATED TO CREATE”

4.25.2009
New Wine’s Spring Conference on faith and the arts, “Created to Create” was held on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, at Mosaic in Portland. The conference will highlight the need to see how the Arts are vital to Gospel witness in the twenty-first century, and will draw attention to current artistic expressions in the region and beyond.

BOUND: THE GLOBAL SLAVE TRADE

4.12.2008
The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins presents its spring conference, “Bound—the Global Slave Trade”, on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Multnomah Bible College & Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. “Bound” will explore the topics of the present-day slave trade including human trafficking, sex slavery, and the ways consumerism affects this on global, local, and personal levels.
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BOILING POINT: A CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

10.27.2007
People’s temperatures soar when discussion shifts to global climate change. At our autumn conference, “Boiling Point,” New Wine hopes to create an atmosphere where cool logic and open, refreshing dialogue prevail among those of various opinions.
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