My dissertation, like any, uses a lot of resources (390 footnotes, and counting) and tries to do a lot of things. But it is primarily a proposal for a radically egalitarian ecclesiology, particularly reliant upon the theology of Jürgen Moltmann, and particularly possible in the still-young emerging church movement.
The practice of the Lord’s Supper is central to many emerging churches, as it is to many mainline, liturgical churches. But, as with most traditional Christian practices, emerging church congregations have renegotiated both the meaning and the method of this sacrament. My home church, Solomon’s Porch, may be at the forefront on this. We practice a kind of pastiche version of communion, with the aspects of several different Christian traditions at play.
However, it is my contention that most emerging congregations have not gone nearly far enough in their renegotiation of the sacrament, and it is my hope that they will go much further toward making this rite, as Moltmann envisions it, a proclamation of eschatological hope. Because, believe it or not, there won’t be any clergy in heaven. So if at the Lord’s Table we are, “proclaiming the Lord’s death until he comes again,” then that Table should be administered by all and open to all.
In fact, Moltmann, in The Church in the Power of the Spirit, lists six characteristics of the Lord’s Supper that he considers imperative: