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Ministry to host gender conference

February 21, 2012

The Institute for the Theology of Culture:
New Wine, New Wineskins
Oregon ministry

Gender conference
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 will approach gender identity from a variety of angles in a biblically integrated and in a culturally meaningful manner.

New Wine will be hosting this conference on Saturday, March 3 from 9am – 4pm at Multnomah Biblical Seminary (8435 NE Glisan St. in Portland). Speakers include Steve and Celestia Tracy (Mending the Soul Ministries), Valerie Clemen (Multnomah Biblical Seminary), Barbara Feil (Multnomah Biblical Seminary), Paul Louis Metzger (New Wine Director), Brad Harper (New Wine Associate Director), Domani Pothen (Multnomah University), Elizabeth List (Multnomah University), Daniel Christiansen (Multnomah University), Tom Schiave (Multnomah Biblical Seminary), Katie Langner (Multnomah Biblical Seminary), Wink Chin (New Wine), and Beyth Hogue Greenetz (New Wine)

Click here to register now and secure your spot at this exciting event!

Director’s note on the gender conference
I am looking forward to New Wine’s Gender conference on March 3 with Dr. Steve and Celestia Tracy, my colleagues at Multnomah, and hopefully you!

I must confess that I have such a long way to go in understanding the various complexities of issues surrounding gender. My desire is that all of us come to the conference in a spirit of prayer and humility to learn and grow together in terms of understanding what Scripture has to say on these matters and how we are to live as men and women in our contemporary context. In keeping with concern to approach the subject of gender with biblical discernment, we must also approach this topic from a relational, Christ-centered posture of dialogue that guards against imposing an ideological agenda.

Here are some of the subjects that we will discuss and which require such a posture to accompany biblical discernment and cultural sensitivity: gender roles, sex trafficking, pornography, gender non-conforming, masculinity, feminity, complementarianism, egalitarianism, the Trinity and gender, gender and social construction, headship, and ethnicity and gender.

We hope everyone who attends will feel safe and free to speak truthfully in love and will be encouraged by how we address such pressing topics as a community. Please join us in prayer, thoughtful reflection, and discussion on March 3. Click here to register now and secure your spot at this exciting event!.

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