Disciples News Service

Eucharist in Busan

Photo by Mary Stamp, courtesy of United Church of Christ Communications

General Minister and President Geoffrey Black of the United Church of Christ serves communion to General Minister and President Sharon Watkins of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in a joint celebration of the Eucharist at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea, in November 2013.

Coming together in communion

Written by Mary Stamp for the United Church of Christ

The Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, UCC general minister and president, serves communion to the Rev. Sharon Watkins, general minister and president of the Disciples of Christ, at the WCC Assembly in Busan, South Korea.

In the United Church of Christ all are welcome at the table, so UCC church leaders participating at the World Council of Churches 10th Assembly found a way around being unable to celebrate communion together as a global gathering.

The Rev. Geoffrey Black, president and general minister of the UCC, said that being UCC, he is accustomed to an open table, with communion as part of wider church meetings. “It was strange to be at an event like this where so many Christians are gathered to share theologically and ecclesiologically, lending to communion but not doing it,” he said.