Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Images/Metaphors of Communion III - The Breakfast Club


From the Sacred to the Profane (or the profane to the sacred)...perhaps the Breakfast Club is a good model of communion..."Five Strangers with nothing in common except each other" (if we added "in Christ" to the end of the tagline, we might have a church community!)

I betray my age and taste in movies, but I think this image might really work ... I wonder if my thesis advisor will aprove of this working metaphor?

5 comments:

Eliz F said...

Hmmmmm...I think your thesis adviser might need a little more information on how this is a good model...didn't they all use some illegal substance before they bared their souls? Or was that some other 80s movie? Or are you thinking that if the Anglican Communion was forced to be locked in a room, eventually we would find things in common?

Whatever. I adored Molly Ringwald.

Peter Carey said...

I am thinking that if the Anglican Communion were locked in a room we might find things in common, that is true.

The use of illegal substances probably make this model a bit more tenuous and shaky. (as well as some other aspects!)

But, all in all, perhaps we all could submit to detention on Saturday mornings with those we disagree with until there is some meeting of the minds ...

spankey said...

"But, all in all, perhaps we all could submit to detention on Saturday mornings with those we disagree with until there is some meeting of the minds ..."

Its called Virginia Theological Seminary.

BigBry said...

Substances have often been used throughout religious history and in numerous traditions to help catalyze some pretty wonderful openings. Jesus "used" wine at the last supper, right? That certainly does not diminish the relevance of this central Christian event. Or does it? I think TBC is a great model, esp. when you look at the outcomes and lessons learned during that day together...challenging one's perspective, investigating the superficial, respect and care for one another. Jesus would certainly value these.

Peter Carey said...

BigBry,

Welcome!

I like your comments about "substances" on many counts, for it is true that usually "communion" happens around a table, or as people gather with one another, and in the presence of the Almighty. There is a sharing of a meal, of bread and wine, and there is a sharing and a feeding of individuals.

There is feeding and transformation of individuals and feeding and transformation of the gathered communion, the sacred community - sanctorum communio.

And, where have we encountered community, is it often over a cup of coffee, or at tea, or over a beer, or around a fire ... ?

There is sometihng powerful in the sharing and the common meal ... even in these "nonsacramental" meals ...