It is becoming more and more common to hear both pastoral and lay leaders call for inclusive communion practices as part of broader hospitality and accessibility ministries. My heart rejoices when I read or hear such calls for inclusion as found in this manifesto.
It’s time for me to start sharing what has been happening in my kitchen. For the last several months I have been baking with a purpose. My goal is to ultimately develop several simple gluten free and allergen friendly bread recipes that can be used during Holy Communion.
Please understand that I am not a professional baker (not even close!); however, I hope to eventually collaborate with some that are willing to share their expertise here. What I am is a Lutheran theologian passionate about inclusivity and hospitality. I also happen to be strictly gluten free for health reasons. I may share more of my own story while sharing recipes (and likely a little theology), but the star of this particular blog will be the recipes and related information.
A few words about my recipes:
All will be as allergen-friendly as possible. I do not think it is OK to remove one allergen (gluten) and replace it with one or more other common allergens (such as eggs and nuts).
All will be as simple as possible
All will taste good. I do not believe that consuming GF communion bread should leave a bad taste in your mouth! It is an experiential sacrament after all!
In addition to my personal recipes, I will look for and share what others are doing in order to be inclusive of those with food allergies and sensitivities during Holy Communion. While the focus will be on practical tips and recipes, I will also include personal stories of how meaningful such inclusion can be — if you send them to me!