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1. What has been your most powerful experience of communion?

2. Do you share Miless belief that Jesus Table should be open to everyone? Are there people you think should not be allowed to receive communion?

3. Discuss Miless understanding of the rites of healing, marriage, baptism, and Eucharist. Do you think rites that take place outside of what she calls an “official” church context can be truly sacramental? Do you ever experience church outside of church? Have you experienced Eucharist outside of a church service?

4. Miles was baptized as an adult and writes that she takes her baptismal vows seriously. Read through these vows, and discuss how you live each one out.

5. “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” What does this mean in the context of Miless food pantry and the people involved with it?

6. Miles is a lesbian and a Christian. Does reading about her experience change your religious beliefs about homosexuality?

7. Miles writes that food pantry was “not a social service program but a service, modeled on the Eucharist” (p. tk). Is there a difference in your church between the way you do liturgy and the way you do outreach? How does Scripture inform your outreach work?

8. As a layperson, Miles preaches, serves communion, anoints, blesses, and leads prayer at her church. Do you know other laypeople who do any of this kind of work? What is your own experience of doing this work? Do you think that certain work should be done only by ordained people?

9. Miles believes that conversion is not a single moment of epiphany but an ongoing process. Discuss your own experience of conversion.

10. What is the Bible passage that you think best expresses the message of Take This Bread?

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willowlaughter, January 23, 2010 (view all comments by willowlaughter)
This is an excellent depiction of the meaning of breaking bread in community and the radical change that takes place as a result. A truly spirit-filled story.
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A. Lee, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by A. Lee)
Sara Miles tells her story of finding the face of Jesus, and deeply meaningful engagement without ego or sentimentality, as she chronicles her journey through civil war in Central America and the brokenness of poverty in San Francisco's Mission district. I laughed and wept through my reading of her story of a leftist lesbian and former atheist and the evolution of her extraordinary spirituality.
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Gail Bumala, November 12, 2009 (view all comments by Gail Bumala)
Sara Miles gives an honest,elegantly written unabashed account of her life as a Marxist, atheist lesbian journalist who finds herself with a surprising new life within her-yes, she had a baby, but then something more. Jesus enters her in an unexpected, unguarded moment and her life and the lives of many who live in the margins of society are never the same.
It is hard, with accounts of her coverage of wars and injustice, and full of wonder at the insistent, relentless power of the holy spirit to transform spiritual awakening into powerful action. This book is like a delicious meal that I wanted never to end. Be warned: One cannot read this account and be unchanged.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345495792
Author:
Miles, Sara
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Food relief
Subject:
Church work with the poor
Subject:
Christian converts -- United States.
Subject:
Church work with the poor -- United States.
Subject:
Christian life -- Anglican authors.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.01x5.20x.66 in. .50 lbs.

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