Early on, we talked about the need for a safe space to share our faith journeys, confess our failings, and wonder and doubt together. We agreed on some ground rules, like listening with respect, appreciating the sharer’s courage, seeking to understand, and coming to the table with a curious mind and an open heart.
This culture of respect still continues these years later—even through conversations about almost any current hot topic you can imagine. We admit that we don’t know everything. We encourage each other and challenge each other. We strive to find the common ground that we can.
But regardless of whether we discover agreement in words, there is the greatest common ground to be claimed in the Lord’s Supper—the act of communion. Throughout all of our conversation, whether we agree or disagree, we lean into the breaking of bread and lifting of cup. Sitting at the Lord’s table, and finally passing the cup and bread to one another, we receive reconciliation. We embrace the great mystery of God that is beyond our comprehension; we recognize that we are all children of God, and we love one another.
written by Rachel
Set a table, invite Christ and others, leave an empty chair, serve up some powerful questions, and break bread.