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:
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. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 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 explore how to move people 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.
CUG Virtual Venue:
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 by clicking the button below:
Information on how to use Whova: If you are attending the event and have never used Whova, this is a helpful guide. https://whova.com/pages/whova-app-user-guide/?source=ems You will need to create an account with your email and password. To automatically log in to CUG, please make sure to use the email you used when registering for the event. The app will automatically take you to the event main page. Be sure to set up your profile to network during the event!
We are very excited to announce that Dr. Robin DiAngelo has agreed to present! In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it has remained for over three years and been translated into 10 languages. Her follow up book, Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm was released this past June. She is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington and holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.
Last Year’s Event:
Link to the 2020 Christian Unity Gathering Information: Christian Unity Gathering 2020 Sessions, Award Ceremony, and Worship Service