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Living One for the Other: Eucharistic Hospitality as Ecological Hospitality

Elvey, Anne (2013) Living One for the Other: Eucharistic Hospitality as Ecological Hospitality. In: Reinterpreting the Eucharist: Explorations in Feminist Theology and Ethics. Gender, Theology and Spirituality . Equinox, Sheffield, pp. 186-205. ISBN 978-1-84553-771-5

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Abstract

The food necessary to sustain life, declared blessed in Luke 9:16 and 24:30 is subject of thanksgiving (eucharist). Blessing and giving thanks are prompted by and exceed the matter of grain and grape transformed into bread and wine. They recognise that what is received from the other, from many others, in eating and drinking carries with it a blessing (the blessing of sustenance) which calls forth a response in the recipient (namely gratitude). The necessity of consumption implies, further, that our being is never solely singular, but as Jean Luc Nancy writes ‘singular plural’. For Nancy being is always co-being, co-existence, being-with-, being-toward-, being-for- the other. In a Lukan eucharistic context, we can understand this being-for-the other as a constitutive hospitality. That is, the Earth community is shaped by hospitality. But the other side of hospitality is sacrifice. While being-for-the-other has been distorted both in our contemporary consumerist culture and in the theological tradition, the interconnectedness that is being-for-the-other is already eucharistic. In this being one for the other hospitality meets sacrifice and grief intersects with love in a eucharistic materiality.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: eucharist; hospitality; ecological theology; Gospel of Luke; consumption
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950403 Environmental Ethics
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
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Depositing User: Dr Anne F. Elvey
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2014 04:13
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2014 04:13
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1319

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