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Visits, Social Graces, CE – Week 12

Of the various parts of ministerial training and development that make me shake my head, the “yes, but that’s what we had to do,” approach to training is right up at the top.  Usually, it will relate to something like hospital visits, for example.  You’ll suggest that, wouldn’t it be a good idea if priests in training got the chance to role play these before we actually have to do one. Learning about Visits Generally, the person you are talking…Continue readingVisits, Social Graces, CE – Week 12

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Common Eating Week 10 – Food & Hospitality

Today I want to tackle food & hospitality and the role common eating plays in each of them.  I also want to be fairly specific about what I mean when I say hospitality.  When I refer to hospitality, I’m not referring so much to laying on nice dinner parties for friends or being the person who always has an abundance of food available to people who happen to drop by. These are good things, but when I say hospitality, I’m…Continue readingCommon Eating Week 10 – Food & Hospitality

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Common Eating – 9 – Food and Drink

Growing up in the evangelical tradition, the question of what was acceptable and what was not acceptable food and drink for “real Christians” was high on the list of topics that were regularly worked around. My denominational upbringing was teetotal by definition.  My experiences with others from similar backgrounds was that the drinking of alcohol, in any form, while not necessarily written into their doctrinal/governing documents was considered strictly forbidden.I was in my mid-twenties before I ever had a beverage…Continue readingCommon Eating – 9 – Food and Drink

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Common Eating – Fasting and Feasting

The reason I decided to switch this class with the class on Ferial Eating, was that it seemed more logical to examine the idea of fasting and feasting coming out of how we eat on a daily basis instead of vice-versa.  Although both of these topics will arise during the examination of common eating in the Old and New Testaments, they deserve space of their own in this discussion.First to fasting.  Fasting has long been regarded as one of the…Continue readingCommon Eating – Fasting and Feasting

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Common Eating – Ferial Eating

Early in February I wrote a whole post called Keeping the Ferial.  The focus of the post was on ferial eating, or day-to-day eating.  I have a couple of polls up on the right hand side of the blog that ask people about what their general eating habits are both when they eat at home and when they eat alone. Common Eating Series Post 1 Post 2 Post 3 Post 4 Post 5 Post 6 Post 7 I addressed two…Continue readingCommon Eating – Ferial Eating

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Common Eating 7 – Thanksgiving in the Meal

The course will have just finished looking at the Eucharist, which means thanksgiving, and in the Anglican tradition “The Great Thanksgiving,” is the name given to the prayer for the consecration of the elements within the Eucharistic service.So this week, I would like the class to move form the more specific form of thanksgiving into a general of discussion of thanksgiving within the meal context.  One element of this week’s lesson will involve looking at the use of table graces,…Continue readingCommon Eating 7 – Thanksgiving in the Meal