Wine Talk: The Art & Spirituality of Wine

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435 Ionia Avenue Southwest

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Steve & Amy Ruis invite you to join them to learn more about one author's musings on the art and spirituality of wine. We love to gather with friends and enjoy a bottle of wine, we love to talk about it and explore our great world and how wine is made - by whom and why.

Join us around 7pm on April 17 to share a glass of wine (our treat) and then listen to and ask questions of Gisela (talk will start around 7:40pm)

There is no charge for this event, it's open to anyone, but we do ask that you sign up as space is limited!

A research associate at the Institute for Theology, Imagination & the Arts at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Gisela Kreglinger (www.giselakreglinger.com) grew up on a family winery in Germany and has been involved in wine tastings ever since she was old enough to pour wine. This experience, she says, "has profoundly shaped my spiritualty and the way I do theology. My family has been crafting wine for many generations, and the local Lutheran church serves it in the Lord's Supper."

Her just released book,The Spirituality of Wine (Eerdmans Press, 2016) is summarized like this:

We live in an era when many feel disconnected from the earth and from our communities. Traditionally, eating and drinking together served to create deep connections within our families, our church communities and with the land that we used to cultivate. All too often our families and faith communities have lost sight of this. It seems ironic that the culinary world of our times recognizes that eating and drinking is fundamental to what it means to be relational human beings and can teach the church something about the spiritual life. The Spirituality of Wine explores a holistic vision of the Christian life that leads us to an embodied and communal perspective. We learn to embrace creation as fundamental to our lives and understand more fully its importance for how we relate to God and one another. Interviews with vinters from around the world deepen our understanding of creation and wine as spiritual realities. These vintners teach us what it means to care for and work with creation, rather than against it. Cultivating a Christian spirituality of wine is a great opportunity to reconnect not only to Scripture more profoundly but also to engage the broader culture in meaningful ways. This book invites you onto a journey of discovery that will radically transform the way you envision the Christian life and how you are to engage with creation and the culture around you."

This book has received accolades from many like Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project who says, "Gisela Kreglinger writes with good humor and real piety about the transformative power of good wine. This is a thoughtful, prayerful, and wide-ranging book, which reminds us on every page that spirituality and gastronomy are inextricably linked. I will not soon forget her theologically informed and deeply perceptive analysis of Babette’s Feast, by Isak Dinesen, one of my favorite texts."

We're intrigued and hope you are too! Join us if you can for a few hours of listening & learning!

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