New Wine, New Skins – John Main Seminar 2023

New Wine New Skins John Main Seminar 2023 online & at Bonnevaux
September 14-17
Led by Cynthia Bourgeault, Andrew Harvey and Laurence Freeman

Why Practice Does not Make Perfect Pre-Seminar Meditation Retreat
September 11-14
Led by Laurence Freeman with Cynthia Bourgeault, Andrew Harvey and Giovanni Felicioni

A wineskin, traditionally made of goatskin or sheepskin, was used to hold or dispense wine. Storing new wine in old skins while it was still fermenting risked splitting the skins and causing the wine to be lost. Jesus uses the metaphor of new wine in new wineskins to illustrate the perennial freshness of the revolution he began and continues to drive – his empowering call to a renewed consciousness that will bring forth new forms and structures of human life. Christians pray that the ‘reign of God will come down on earth as it is in heaven’.

The powerful parable of the wine and the wineskins will inspire the trio of teachers presenting this year’s John Main Seminar, the 39th. With very different voices, minds and life-experience, they are friends serving a common cause, who believe in the transformative potential of our present Dark Night. Each sees the urgency of a renewed global Christianity empowering the breakthrough in consciousness and behaviour that humanity needs in order to survive.

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