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  1. Crossed arms I’ve seen at Catholic and Episcopalian Churches. I was raised Catholic and I crossed my arms at my friend’s Catholic wedding for a blessing (mostly because of the wheat/gluten in the wafer, but I was Episcopalian at that point). Many of his other groomsmen (Jewish, atheist) did the same. I emailed the priest and it sounds like I just confused the Eucharistic minister; I should have been able to receive the wine by itself. Oh well, I’m sure I’m an edge case. 🤷‍♂️ In any case, I’m still curious on what communion means in the context of Progressive Christianity. thormas, I am curious to hear more about transignification.
  2. Hello, Some background: my wife and I were married in (and more broadly, officially received into) an Episcopal Church on the East Coast 2 years ago. When we moved to the Midwest about a year ago, we let our challenges (trouble finding others at our stage of life at a church (20-40), struggles with worship formats that are slow to change) get in the way of us finding a new church community. Today, my wife and I visited an Episcopal Church and now I'm looking for others' experiences with communion. I am gluten sensitive and thus cannot receive communion bread. At our previous church, gluten-free crackers were available as an alternative but I was not sure if that was an option at the church we visited. Instead, I crossed my hands over my chest to indicate I wanted a blessing in order to avoid the bread. However, I was taken aback when I was informed by the minister of the wine that the blessing precluded me from receiving communion in the form of wine only. I was pretty embarrassed and decided not to make a scene during communion. I guess I have two somewhat related questions: Do I have something wrong in my understanding of Episcopalian theology regarding open communion? Or was this perhaps an innocent mistake (assumption that taking a blessing meant I was not a confirmed Episcopalian)? If I am skeptical of transubstantiation in the first place, should I care about communion? Would it be better to just always accept a blessing instead? I'm hoping to transform my embarrassment into some growth.
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