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Eating and Being Eaten: Interspecies Vulnerability as Eucharist

Religion, College of Arts and Sciences, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360, USA
Religions 2020, 11(4), 204; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11040204
Received: 7 March 2020 / Revised: 8 April 2020 / Accepted: 14 April 2020 / Published: 20 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Faith after the Anthropocene)
Living in a time of urgent ecological crisis, Christians need outdoor ritual experience of their faith: of what is wild, of the living Earth, stranger faces of the divine: taking eco-alienated people out of the building and into the streets, the river, the forest. Moving liturgy outdoors makes possible an opening to both human and more-than-human strangeness on their own terms, in actual, present, sensory experience. It also opens worshipers’ experience of the Christian sacraments into the disconcerting realm of our bodies’ physical edibility to other creatures: the possibility of our own flesh becoming food. Using the work of Val Plumwood, David Abram, and Eric Meyer, this paper examines Eucharistic ritual language and theologies of resurrection as these contribute to a worldview that maintains a human versus food dualism incommensurate with biological processes. Ultimately, the paper calls for Eucharistic practices that allow participants to pray being prey. View Full-Text
Keywords: predation; food; ecology; Eucharist; Earth; sacrament; ritual; resurrection; Plumwood; Abram predation; food; ecology; Eucharist; Earth; sacrament; ritual; resurrection; Plumwood; Abram
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Dahill, L. Eating and Being Eaten: Interspecies Vulnerability as Eucharist. Religions 2020, 11, 204.

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