In July 2014, we experimented with a four-week educational series, offered in the evening, which we felt would be of interest to the surrounding community. Led by our Associate Pastor Tom Buchanan and our then-seminary intern Dr. Lisa Schrott, it was titled “Partners in the Search for Truth: The New Conversation between Science & Faith”. The model was simple: an engaging topic, top-flight teachers, and for those who wished it … a choice of red or white wine! The response was overwhelming. We averaged over 40 participants each night, with over half from outside the Emory congregation.
That experience convinced us that we had discovered a form of outreach into our community that was perfect for the sort of church that Emory is. Emory Church is a place where questions are welcome, where we’re willing to tackle tough issues of faith and life in the contemporary world, and where we’re not afraid to say that we’re not sure of something. Our vision for Wine & Wisdom classes is that they will explore such questions and topics, and with an honesty and openness not often seen in other churches. We invite you to come experience a class for yourself.
Our most recent Wine & Wisdom event was the evening of April 12th, 2018 — a series led by Ruling Elders Scott Grosse and Laura Walker. The topic, “Reimagining the Church As White Christian America Fades,” opened our eyes to the new and exciting possibilities of the church in our modern world.
Stay tuned for future dates and series! “Featured Events” on the Home Page is always the best place to start.