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Welcome to the conversation!  Here you will find a community of people who are trying new things when it comes to Holy Communion. You’ll also find resources, if you want them.

Poem: This Cup, This Bread

Poem: This Cup, This Bread

This poem was written 1996, back at the beginning of the wrestling and research that eventually became Recovering Communion in a Violent World.

“I Am There among Them”: The Grief of Simulacrum and Other Lessons from Pandemic Worship

“I Am There among Them”: The Grief of Simulacrum and Other Lessons from Pandemic Worship

There’s a feeling that I’ve been struggling to grasp and articulate for months as this pandemic has dragged on, like the weight of a wet sweater. It comes after worship, usually —virtual worship these days—or sometimes while getting ready for an online service to begin. 

Author Interview: Christopher Grundy and Deb Krause Discuss “Recovering Communion in a Violent World”

Rev. Dr. Deb Krause, President of Eden Theological Seminary, interviewed Dr. Grundy about Recovering Communion and its connection to Eden’s educational goals. Dr. Krause asked about the origins and purpose of the book, the hoped for impact of this writing, and how the book connects 

Peace UCC among the First Congregations to Try New Communion Services

Peace UCC among the First Congregations to Try New Communion Services

After months of worshiping virtually, members of Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves, MO gathered cautiously in the church parking lot, wearing masks and carrying their own lawn chairs and food. Twice now, they have come together for a socially distant, bring-your-own potluck 

“Recovering Communion” on the Pulpit Fiction Podcast

“Recovering Communion” on the Pulpit Fiction Podcast

What a lot of fun it was to be a guest on the Pulpit Fiction podcast, hosted by former Eden students Eric Fistler and Robb McCoy! Eric and Robb have built a large following by providing weekly resources for preachers using the narrative lectionary. Along 

Song: Wash Not Only My Feet

Song: Wash Not Only My Feet

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Song: Blessed Are You, O Divine One

Song: Blessed Are You, O Divine One

This song was written to accompany Communion Beta II: Manna in the Desert and Water from the Rock. It will work to accompany other services as well. Sheet music and audio are still in development. Blessed are you, O Divine One,Source and Sustainer of the 

Song: May Your Beloved Community Come Near

Song: May Your Beloved Community Come Near

This song will work with almost any of the Holy Communion services provided here. It is meant to focus our attention on the realm of God coming near through our interactions, rather than what is on the table. Sheet music and audio in development. Now, 

Idina Menzel’s “At This Table” Gets It Right in So Many Ways

Idina Menzel’s “At This Table” Gets It Right in So Many Ways

Out for the Christmas/Hanukkah holidays, Idina Menzel’s Song “At This Table” is an invitation that accomplishes something the church and the Christian music industry can’t seem to reach. The song presents a vision of meals where people who are different from each other do the 

Song: The Kin-dom of God May Come Near

Song: The Kin-dom of God May Come Near

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