Century Marks

Feast for all: Theologian Jürgen Moltmann says his understanding of the Eucharist was shaped by two distinct experiences in 1968. On one occasion he and a motley crew protesting the Vietnam War sat on the floor of the London offices of the Catholic publisher Sheed & Ward, passing the bread and cup from one person to the next. In this small circle they felt the bodily presence of Jesus. The other occasion was at St. Giles Church (John Knox’s church) in Scotland, where the elements were passed out on silver trays by servers wearing black, with the participants separated from each other. He left the church depressed. Later he concluded that the Lord’s Supper “is not a church meal for people who belong to one’s own denomination. It is the feast of the crucified Christ, whose hands are stretched out to everyone” (A Broad Place: An Autobiography, Fortress).


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