As I said at the beginning of this series, I’m not quite sure there is enough material here for a full 13 weeks of classes. This topic is definitely one where I’m a little skeptical on the whole idea of there being a full classes worth of material. Continue reading
Growing up in the evangelical tradition, the question of what was acceptable and what was not acceptable behaviour 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 that had alcohol in it. The church I was attending at the time had sponsored some refugees from Ethiopia and when one of them got married, the wedding reception included wine and a traditional Ethiopian honey beverage. By this time I was more accepting of the idea that alcohol and the Christian life were not mutually exclusive, but hadn’t done anything to try a drink.
Food and Drink:
That being said, I am aware of the arguments against drinking any beverage that contains alcohol(I’m also aware of the arguments against including wine as an alcoholic beverage). I also realize that there are real dangers in the over-consumption of alcohol. The effects of this are visible on a daily basis among those who use the Holy Trinity lunch program. Continue reading
I have eliminated one of the posts from this series. That was a post with some bibliographic references. Since the time I first devised the course, I have created a much larger food related bibliography called Eucharistic Eating. This is the book list that I will continue to add to on an ongoing basis.
This week we come to the class on the Eucharist. This class, although only five weeks into the course, is the high point of the Common Eating course. This is the meal that Jesus commanded his followers to continue celebrating after his death, and promised that he would celebrate again with them in his Father’s kingdom.
While five weeks in may seem early, one of the reasons for doing this class now, is that subsequent classes will look at our behaviour while glancing back at the Eucharist. Or perhaps another way of looking at it, is to say that while it is important that we are formed by the Eucharist, it is equally, if not more important, to see how the Eucharist may form our life on a daily basis. Continue reading