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Requirements for Communion?

I read an article on Beliefnet.com about Communion in the Protestant Church entitled Have Protestants Turned Communion into ‘Cheap Grace?’

The author, G. Jeffrey MacDonald, writes to make the case that by offering to Communion to just about anyone, Protestant Churches, especially mainline ones but Evangelical ones also, are depriving people of the rigors of proving they are repentant so their character can grow.

Three of the four comments following the article disagree with the author. I would concur with their position.

We are invited to Communion by Jesus in the Gospels. Mr. MacDonald points to Paul talking about Communion in 1 Corinthians, but he was admonishing that church to change its ways because they were not really communing. People brought food for the meal, but it was not shared. Some ate plentifully while others looked on in hunger. They didn’t need to repent to eat together, he was calling them to actually EAT TOGETHER! to share and commune with the whole body of Christ, not just the ones who could afford to provide a whole meal for themselves.

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Democracy for America

Last week I attended the local Democracy for America (DFA) chapter meeting (DFA-QC). Democracy for America began as Dean for America—the campaign of Governor Howard Dean of Vermont for the 2004 Presidential Race. When Gov Dean failed to win the democratic primary after developing his unique online campaign network, the network knew that the need still existed for the work of the people involved even if the reason for its creation had not succeeded. The changed the name and we have been going strong ever since.

DFA-QC Member w/Flat Howard cut-out at a meeting

DFA-QC Member w/Flat Howard cut-out at a meeting

I met Governor Dean several times at fund-raising breakfasts hosted by the Quad Cities Federation of Labor and at meetings of Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG). PACG is an award-winning grassroots organization in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois that has several forum groups that address several issues of social justice including:  health care, the environment, and reclaiming moral values from the religious right. DFA-QC works under the umbrella of PACG coordinating events with the larger group and using the expanded resources of the group to reach the entire area.

I want to talk about our meeting last week, but I want to also let you know about the organization. So I will introduce the organization first by telling you how I became involved in it. Continue reading

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