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National Council of Churches Christian Unity Gathering
October 11, 2021 @ 8:00 am - October 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
|NCC’s annual Christian Unity Gathering (CUG) will be held virtually on October 11 – 12, 2021 with the theme, “In New Wineskins: From Pandemics to Possibilities to Promises,” based on the scripture in Luke 5:37-39. The event is free to attend.
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine desires new wine, but says, ‘The old is good.’”
|This year’s CUG will explore how church life has changed and what our hope is for the church as the global community struggles to emerge from its pandemics and economic crises while at the same time continuing to grapple with the racial reckoning that is happening in our nation and the world. Can we discard the old wineskins? What will it take to go beyond conversations on racism to fully incorporating equity and racial justice in our churches? Where are new models of racial reckoning/reconciliation?
Together, we will examine how to move forward as we negotiate those who are lamenting the old and those embracing the new as well as the spaces where both are happening at the same time. Will you join us to go beyond how we “always do it” and get to a place of possibilities? We invite you to join us virtually to explore what churches must do to honor old wineskins while embracing new ones and God’s promises for a new path forward.
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All times in Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
Monday, October 11
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Opening Session
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm – Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Affiliate Associate Professor of Education, University of Washington
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm – Small Group Discussions
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Faith Summit – Racial Reckoning in America: A Christian Response
A panel with questions from the audience. Have denominational and other faith leaders discuss what they have been doing to negotiate the racial reckoning in the country. Where are new models of racial reckoning/reconciliation?
Tuesday, October 12
11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Keynote Address by Dr. Christine Hong and Q&A
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Panel on Christian Nationalism
Amanda Tyler, Esq., Executive Director, Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm – International Briefing on the COVID-19 Pandemic
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Closing Worship
For 2021, we will be using an online event service called Whova. After you register, you can sign in on the website using your laptop or computer, or you can download the app for your phone or tablet.