Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Church-based Passover Seders: Another year, another fight? Please just buy my book.

Although Lent doesn't begin for another couple of weeks, it's not too early to plan a church-based Seder, so here's my annual pitch for Come to the Table: A Passover Seder for Parish Use.

First published in 2004, this labor of love and scholarship has been adopted and used by dozens of parishes over the years. One year I had the honor of leading a Seder at a church that used my haggadah and was deeply moved by how it enhanced participants' appreciation of their Jewish roots. It's available as a paperback and on Kindle.

So what's with the fight reference? {insert Big Exhausted Sigh here}

Every year I get caught up in a near-endless loop of conversations about whether it's appropriate for churches to hold a parish-based Seder. One of my written responses was posted to the Ignatian Spirituality blog, dotMagis. For The Rev. Ann Fontaine's interview at Episcopal Cafe, click here.

I have nothing new to add to my well-documented explanation for why these events have theological and spiritual value for Christians.

But I will reiterate this: Please read those posts and read my book, Why Is There a Menorah on the Altar? Jewish Roots of Christian Worship  before picking this fight with me. Again. You do know that I was raised Jewish, right?