Come to the table?
An ‘open table’ describes a setting where all are welcome to receive communion without question.
Here, two writers examine the pros and cons
HERE AT ST BENEDICT’S TABLE, our community is defined as a ‘mission congregation’ of the diocese, meaning that rather than being a geographically defined parish church we have been entrusted with a very particular mission.
In the simplest of terms, we are an arts-rich liturgical community, exercising a ministry for a wide array of people from a variety of backgrounds, with the Eucharist our primary expression of Christian life and practice. A small percentage of our people come from an Anglican background, with most having been formed in Anabaptist or broadly evangelical traditions. However, many of our congregants have no church background whatsoever, but were directed to us during a time of personal crisis or spiritual searching. Time and again we’ve been told how the open invitation to come to the table was the key to knowing that they were truly welcomed in their searching; which is also true of many of the people coming from church backgrounds that place stringent conditions on church membership and participation.
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