2020-2021 University Catalog

The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins

New Wine, New Wineskins exists to mobilize local churches and other Christian organizations to share effectively the good news of the Father, Son and Spirit's just love and peace, foster meaningful dialogue with diverse communities, and identify and serve marginalized populations against the backdrop of increasing cultural divisions.  New Wine provides consultation and training in such difficult areas as race and class, sexuality and gender, faith and science, and religious pluralism.  The goal of New Wine's work is to help equip generations of Jesus' followers to extinguish hate, intolerance and misunderstanding and maximize grace and truth for human flourishing in our world today.

Our Mission

Transforming the church's conflicts, both within the church and with the surrounding culture, into opportunities for unity through the Triune God's grace and truth.

Our Vision

Jesus' followers will be known for their healing impact in matters of cultural conflict and their support of marginalized people.

Our Core Values

  1. Love - Reflecting the posture of the Father, Son, and Spirit (the Triune God) in engaging culture. 
  2. Truth - Articulating a biblical understanding of God, humanity, and creation.
  3. Civility - Approaching areas of conflict with tenacious grace and an inquisitive posture.
  4. Common Good - Pursuing diverse partnerships in areas of conflict with others from across the cultural spectrum for human flourishing.
  5. Advocacy - Following God's command to care for all manner of marginalized people groups.

New Wine hosts conferences and forums, including weekly lunchtime Table Talks, on pressing subjects related to faith and contemporary culture.  The New Wine annual autumn retreat and mentorship program both emphasize the communication and implementation of New Wine's mission, vision, and values in the academy, the church and the world.  We also engage in dialogues with people of diverse faith traditions, including the Zen Buddhist and latter-day Saints communities.  Undergrad, graduate, and seminary students are all encouraged to explore and participate in New Wine's extra-curricular activities. (www.new-wineskins.org)

In partnership with Multnomah University and Seminary, New Wine offers several courses and degrees that integrate our core values and areas of cultural engagement with strong interdisciplinary training.  They include the Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) and the Cross-Cultural Engagement track in either the Master of Arts in Applied Theology (MAAT) or Doctorate of Ministry (DMIN).  There are also classes offered at the undergraduate level that articulate and express New Wine's paradigm.

In addition to the provision of extra-curricular activities and academic offerings, New Wine, New Wineskins publishes a bi-annual peer reviewed journal, Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture (www.culturalencountersjournal.com)

New Wine helps equip Jesus' followers with the skills needed to understand and critically assess how to navigate complex ideas and relationships in quickly changing cultural environments in a biblical manner.  We are honored that many of the graduates who worked with New Wine during their student years now continue promoting New Wine values as pastors, chaplains, teachers, academics, and authors, in such fields as justice, social and advocacy work, business, and many other domains.  In this way they are connecting New Wine's emphasis on building relational bridges through Jesus to all intersections of life in Portland and beyond.

The Institute for Cultural Engagement: New Wine, New Wineskins is an official program at Multnomah University and Seminary.  For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Louis Metzger (Director) or Dr. Brad Harper (Associate Director).