Rooted and Grounded in Love: Holy Communion For the Whole Creation
God's invitation to join in the love feast of Holy Communion resounds at the very heart of the Christian faith and life. But how are Christians faithfully to gather together in relational bonds of love--in particular, through our daily bread...
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God's invitation to join in the love feast of Holy Communion resounds at the very heart of the Christian faith and life. But how are Christians faithfully to gather together in relational bonds of love--in particular, through our daily bread and common cup--amidst a global market economy sustained by social and ecological violence? Drawing on the holiness-communitarian and agrarian-ecological traditions, Rooted and Grounded in Love provides a systematic theological affirmation of holiness as divine wholeness in examining our present industrial agro-economy while also promoting a practical vision for how Christians might participate in the emergence of a more ecologically sustaining, economically charitable, and politically just food system. ""Throughout church history, there have been many reformations of the table. Here, Eberhart sets out the bread and wine for another one. Critical of industrial agriculture, he connects the doctrinal dots between God's holistic economy, communitarian practice, and the Earth as commons. For those who feel the bread of life has gone stale, or wonder whether the church has any nourishment left, Eberhart sows a clear call to agrarian discipleship, one I am hungry to follow."" --Nancy M. Victorin-Vangerud, Hamline University ""Timothy Eberhart's Rooted and Grounded in Love is a much-needed book in these perilous times. With unrelenting energy and creative insight, Eberhart marries the ecological, economic, and political crises we face with a prevailing hope in the power of God's love in community. The result is an uncommon realism about our condition matched by an invigorating encouragement. This book should be read expectantly by all who yearn for just peace."" --M. Douglas Meeks, Cal Turner Chancellor Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies Emeritus, Vanderbilt Divinity School Timothy Reinhold Eberhart (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.