The Eucharist in Wesleyan Chrsitianity

On Thursday, May 17, I’ll be at United Theological Seminary’s Theology, Eucharist, and Ministry Conference.

Here is the conference statement of purpose:

For John and Charles Wesley, few things were more important for both theology and ministry than attentiveness to the Lord’s Supper. In recent years, Wesleyan theologians and church leaders have lamented a decline in attentiveness to the Eucharist in Wesleyan theology and ministry. Some have gone so far as to suggest that a decline in sacramental vitality is at the heart of the wider pattern of decline in Wesleyan churches.

At this event, seventeen Wesleyan theologians will call for the restoration of the Eucharist to its rightful place as the heart of theology and ministry in the Wesleyan tradition. Indeed, what will be offered is nothing less than a vision of theology and ministry in which the Eucharist is understood both as a vital means of grace by which Christians participate together in the Trinitarian life of God and the well-spring from which the whole of Christian life and ministry flows.

If you can’t be in Dayton to see it in person, you can watch it livestreaming.

The two main sesssions are:

  • 9:00 a.m. “The Trinity and the Eucharist” Geoffrey Wainwright, Duke Divinity School; Matthew Levering, University of Dayton, responding
  • 1:00 p.m. “Eucharist and Ethics” Rebekah Miles, Perkins School of Theology; Joyce Ann Zimmerman, Institute for Liturgical Ministry, responding

If you tune into the livestream, I’ll be the one with the rainbow wig and the John 3:16 sign.


4 thoughts on “The Eucharist in Wesleyan Chrsitianity

  1. I agree that our lack of attention to the Eucharist plays a role in the decline of the church. I don’t hear too many others saying this however.

    Here is a link to a blog post by Bishop Timothy Whitaker of Florida that tells about collaborative effort between the Roman Catholic Church and the UMC to consider the Eucharist and the Earth. It might be helpful for you to read it as you attend this seminar.

  2. We celebrate communion every week at our Saturday night contemporary worship service. I believe that the whole point of gathering to worship God is to become one body of Christ. Eucharist should be the culmination of every worship service.

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