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Coming to Our Senses: The Spirituality of Wine


Mon 13 Feb 2017, 5:45pm–8:00pm

Where: MacLaurin Chapel University Of Auckland, 18 Princes St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Listed by: KnoxCentre

A public lecture, wine tasting, light food and reflections with author & researcher, Dr. Gisela Kreglinger.

"Her presentations are unique, hands-on, and spiritually enriching. She weaves a theology of feasting and joy through a presentation that stirs the imagination, the soul, and the palate." - Jill Carattini, Atlanta.

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Do wine and faith have anything to do with each other?
What is the place of wine and wine-making in the Christian tradition?

Jesus told parables about wine and vineyards and used wine at weddings and the Last Supper to demonstrate his message. Yet is wine anything more than a symbolic item within Christian spirituality?

As New Zealand continues to grow in stature as a producer of quality wines and wine becomes a stronger cultural feature, is it time to awake to the senses: to gather around the table, and reclaim this gift of creation?

The public lecture addresses the interface between Christian faith and everyday life practices. It is part of an initiative of the Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership, of the Presbyterian Church. 2017's lecture will tackle a matter that many Presbyterians historically viewed with suspicion.

In a unique blend of talk and tasting, participants will sample wines, learn about the Biblical history and spiritual significance of wine, and explore whether wine can be taken seriously as part of a recovery of the senses in Christian spirituality.

Dr Gisela Kreglinger:
Gisela Kreglinger grew up on a family-owned winery in Franconia, Germany where her family has been crafting wine for many generations. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology from St Andrews University and in her recent book, The Spirituality of Win (2016), Gisela has woven together her passions for Christian spirituality and the created gift of wine. Gisela has offered lectures, talks and tasting in restaurants, vineyards, churches and seminaries in the USA and the UK.

"Food, and perhaps even more so wine, has always been a powerful instrument of mediation between humanity and the divine. In this book, Gisela Kreglinger offers a fascinating and in-depth exploration of the intricate relationship between wine and Christian spirituality. A must-read!" - Carolo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement.

"In Kreglinger's hand's wine becomes a key to a spirituality that rejects false dualisms of matter and spirit and inspires the healing of the earth on the way to God's new creation of all things." - Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus, University of St Andrews.

"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." - Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and founder of the Edible Schoolyard Project.

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