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What Happens in Holy Communion? Chapter 8

by on November 16, 2009
  1. I believe a clarification of terms might be helpful. For Welker, “communicative memory” is history in the textbook sense. It’s the attempt to report past events without bias, but a report that is ever changing subject to new discoveries. “Living cultural and canonical memory” is a collaborative, creative, generative, open, transforming force that is based on what originated as a report like what is represented by communicative memory. The Supper, according to Welker, is living cultural and canonical memory.
  2. Welker refers to the Supper as a “living monument” (p. 127). Can you think of other analogous living monuments?
  3. If memory generates a world (p. 127), what responsibility do we have, and how can we exercise that responsibility, to participate in the generation of a/the world?
  4. Do you agree that the Bible generates a diverse group of interpretations, or just one? How does the Supper relate to your answer? (cf. pp. 128-9)
  5. Can the Supper cause faith, or only enhance it? What are the implications of your answer to how we celebrate Communion?
  6. How can the pastoral implications of the Supper (p. 131) be conveyed in worship?
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