Can the Eucharist Unite Us?

Amid a world and church of difference, I long for a ritual that unites us with God and with one another. Yet I find myself stuck -- stuck amid a liturgy that fractures and divides this one holy, catholic, and apostolic church.In a time when politicians are denied the Eucharist for their voting patterns, one's sexual orientation dictates his/her worthiness to receive the sacraments, and the tens of thousands of signatures gathered by "What If We Just Said Wait" are simply dismissed when making significant liturgical alterations, can the Eucharist really unite us?

Jessica Coblentz is pursuing a Master of Theological Studies degree at Harvard Divinity School. Follow her writing on the web at

6/1/2010 4:00:00 AM