Date/TimeDate(s) - 03/11/2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online and in-person
Friday, Mar. 11, 2022 @ 7:00-9:00 PM CST
Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022 @ 9:00 AM -2:00 PM CST
Certificate Course: Recovering Communion
The Radical Beginnings of the Christian Meal and How We Can Reclaim Them Today
What if the sacred meal we celebrate in worship today isn’t even that close to what Jesus and his community practiced? What if our interpretation of the upper room story only gets Holy Communion partly right? For those who have read Stephen’s Patterson’s books The Lost Way and The Lost Creed, this class might be called The Lost Meal. Drawing upon his book Recovering Communion in a Violent World, Dr. Grundy will help us to follow the clues toward some surprising discoveries about the meals of the early church. Together, we will excavate some of the meal stories of the New Testament, asking what Holy Communion might look like in our faith communities if we took the radical meal practices of Jesus’ ministry seriously.
Who Should Take this Class?
All are welcome at LIFE! Students, pastors, laypersons and seekers from all denominations and walks of life are welcome to join the program to be enriched and inspired by LIFE. Join us!
About the Instructor:
Rev. Christopher Grundy’s teaching asks students to take God’s activity seriously. In preaching classes, he urges preachers to enter the pulpit with a combined sense of humility and collaboration, knowing that preacher, listeners, and the Holy Spirit will all be active helping to discern the meanings of scripture for today. In worship classes, he similarly emphasizes our collaborative work with God and the gathered community.
Christopher’s teaching also focuses on the role worship has in forming, reforming, healing, freeing, and calling us out for the sake of God’s larger project in the world.
His research currently focuses on the ways that we are formed by sacramental participation, particularly in relation to issues of power and violence. He has published essays and sermons for The Chicago Theological Seminary Register, The Journal of Religion and Abuse, Homily Service, and Liturgy.