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October 06, 2008


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Chris, great topics as usual.

I think it should be approached in two ways: 1) What is NORMATIVE and 2) How do you pastorally deal w/ ABNORMALITIES.

For it is not just the issue of alcoholism. Celiacs, those who are allergic to wheat, are a growing demographic it seems. How do you administer communion to one who is allergic to bread?

I would say that bread and wine is normative for Christian communion.

I would also point out that I beleive their has been a change in alcohol counseling in the last couple years, where they are getting away from the abstinence ("not one drop!") model towards a moderation model.

The miniscule amount that one gets in communinion (diluted w/ water twice as it is, and administered in a spoon smaller then a teaspoon) would be a stretch to say that it could set an alcohilic off.

Arrrggg....this got posted before I finished or cked my spelling!

I was going to finish by saying that I know several recovering alcoholics who are also frequent communicants. It doesn't seem to be a problem....


I am a former alcoholic/drug addict of 22 years and have been clean now for 16 years. For the most part our addictions are all or none. There is no such thing as moderation! And yes, Communion could set us off because it is just that one taste of it as a reminder of how good we thought it was.

So, I say that as Christians we should be careful as to not cause our brother/sister to stumble.


What about the possibility of non-alcoholic wine? Fre is a good alternative to either alcohol wine and grape juice. Although it says there is no alcohol there is less than 1% by volume.


FDR, Michelle, & Ed --

Thanks to each of you for helping to get this topic off and running. Ed, I've seen non-alcoholic wine used for Holy Communion, and for many groups this is THE answer to the dilemma they're feeling. FDR, I'd be interested in hearing more about how psychology's view on alcoholism might be changing.


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