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Bread of Heaven: Food and Material Culture in the Churches of Christ in Victoria

Handasyde, Kerrie (2010) Bread of Heaven: Food and Material Culture in the Churches of Christ in Victoria. Master of Arts (major thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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In Churches of Christ in Victoria the liturgical foods of bread and (non-alcoholic) wine are the central focus of each worship service, which is often followed with a cup of tea and a slice. Harvest Thanksgiving festivals have tied working lives to the spiritual. Providing food to the needy or raising money through selling cakes, pies and lamingtons have formed the backbone of women's ministry through social service. Recipe books have been produced for fundraising purposes, evolving out of the shared experience of eating and the food preparation undertaken by women cooking for the annual calendar of church dinners and picnics. It is indeed a food-rich religious world.
This thesis explores the material evidence of several arefacts and non-literary print documents for the insight they offer into the life of the worshipping community that produced them. For Churches of Christ in Victoria and Australia, this will be the first study on material culture and the first historical discussion of food in liturgy and the non-sacral calendar of cooking and eating, in the everyday religious life of lay and ordained. In the context of a religious movement suspicious of imagery and artifice, the limits and exceptions to those prohibitions will be considered through close reading of Harvest Thanksgiving photographs and other visual resources. Developments in the pracatice and interpretation of the Lord'd Supper, traditionally undersood as purely memorial, will be explored through the material evidence of artefacts and the movement's theological and liturgical resources. In the light of the scramental theology of remembrance, comparison will be drawn between communion and the ritual and memorial aspects of women's cooking as revealed in the artefacts that remain - cookbooks. Through careful reading of artefacts this paper will explore the central weekly sacrament of the Lord's Supper, the understandings of Harvest Thanksgiving and the tradition of women's church cookery and demonstrate that within this religious movement, which knows itself best in the breading of bread, all food is ritual food.

Item Type: Theses (Master of Arts (major thesis))
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Lord's Supper, women, cooking, Church of Christ, women's minitsry, cookbooks, Harvest Thanksgiving festival, Australia
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2010 01:29
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016 00:57
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/521

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