What is the Eucharist or Communion to you? Could it possibly be erotic? The erotic comes from the Greek word eros meaning passionate yearning. An erotic act is something that ignites our yearning.
When we consider that the Eucharist is a shared ritual that unites the body of Christ to God what else can we say but that it comes from yearning. Yearning for God and yearning for community with one another.
In this Podcast my co-host and I explore deeper what erotic means in relation to the Eucharist.
We don’t mean the Eucharist is like making love… but rather where to we find Eros (as defined by Audre Lorde, the Platonic tradition, and Existential Philosophers) in the practice of the Eucharist. Rachel shares her Catholic experiences while Lurie shares here Evangelical and Episcopal experiences. We also chat about comparing our relationship to God as the relationship between spouses and whether or not that understanding feel liberatory.
As always,we talk about sensitive topics so be mindful of who’s nearby if you’re listening without headphones
Episode Summary: In this episode, we interview a nurse practitioner midwife on the importance of listening to all people’s stories of birth and the importance of accepting all narratives of childbearing. Highlights include Amanda’s incredible definition of what it means to be Christian, debunking the idea that birth has to be a mystical experience, how we grow to meet the experience of childbearing we have, and the potential pain or meaning-making that comes from miscarriage. She offers a space for one-on-one and group conversations on these topics as part of her practice at Unapologetic Birth. You can find out more here.
My co-host is the wonderful Rachel Alba a Christian sex coach. Check out her work here.