Soul Banquets

How Meals Become Mission in the Local Congregation

by John Koenig

May/2007, 160 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819219268

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A look at the way meals of various sorts can be more effectively integrated into parish activities, promoting the emergence of new gifts for ministry as well as increasing our gratitude for God's abundance and the works of justice and mercy that follow from our expressions of thanksgiving.

John Koenig is Glorvina Rossell Hoffman Professor of New Testament Literature and Interpretation at General Theological Seminary in New York, and author of several books, including The Feast of the World's Redemption: Eucharistic Origins and Christian Mission (Trinity Press International, 2000). He lives in New York City.

“As mainline denominations continue to seek a mission focus that speaks to a culturally and theologically diverse people, Koenig shows us a way forward that lies at the heart of the Christian tradition—the sharing of meals. A must read for all churches seeking to bring members, both old and new, closer to the Holy Spirit in their midst.”—The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Geitz, author of Fireweed Evangelism: Christian Hospitality in a Multifaith World and Calling Clergy: A Spiritual and Practical Guide through the Search Process

Soul Banquets offers a compelling combination of rich biblical insight and powerful contemporary illustrations to invite us into a deeper understanding of the significance of shared meals. In his persuasive and accessible presentation, John Koenig helps us see the close and life-giving connections among common meals, eucharist, mission, justice, and worship. While recognizing the complexity of some of the issues, Koenig provides helpful suggestions for recovering a central place for shared meals in Christian practice.” —Christine D. Pohl, Professor of Social Ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and author of Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition

"The reader seriously interested in how meals can function within a faith community may find this to be an enlightening treatment of the subject."—Church and Synagogue Library Association

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