Michael Denton joins Jonathan for a conversation about the Lord’s Supper (Communion) and how it can inform and guide our understanding of Christian Activism and Social Justice. Mike is the Conference Minister of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ.
The Deep Conversation
Often times believers (and people in general) tend to separate into groups. Some might be leaning towards worship and spirituality and others might be leaning towards social justice and activism. In this stark contrast is the idea that worship is the most important thing and should take precedence to anything else that one does in their spiritual life. On the other hand is the idea that what is most important is to be out in the world, doing important work for the sake of the least, the marginalized, etc., and worship comes second.
What can happen is a split between the two approaches. Jonathan and Mike discuss the ways in which one can inform the other. At the Lord’s Supper one can find the imperative to do the good work of social justice, and in one’s work in the world one can find the necessity to go to the table of the Lord’s Supper with the wounds and hurts of the world.
At a basic level is the idea that one cannot be a Christian without a spiritual connection with God via liturgy (specifically the service of the Lord’s Supper), and that one cannot be a Christian without doing work for the sake of the least in the world. Do both and let one inform the other.
Next episode – more riliage, scripture, and the like