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The case for communion regardless of baptism

• Jun 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Open communion or closed communion — do even those who attend church regularly know their church’s doctrine?

What is at stake when one “violates” a closed communion? And what is the idea of “communion regardless of baptism”?

The Very Rev. Jared Cramer of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Grand Haven dives into the topic on his blog. He includes a story about what happened once at his church:


"We had a young woman, a nursery care worker, who fell in love with the community here. She wound up resigning as a worker so she could be a worshipping member of the community in the Nave every Sunday. She took communion once or twice and rejoiced in her new journey.

“She then discovered she was not baptized and came to me. We talked. I told her not to worry, she had not committed sin or error, that she was now simply being invited by God to journey deeper. She entered the catechumenate in our church.

“For several months, she did not receive the Sacrament, but a blessing instead. She journeyed through the catechumenate, building relationships with baptized members who were preparing for the reaffirmation of their own baptismal vows.”

Read the complete blog post: “Longing for Reconciliation: A Reflection on Communion Regardless of Baptism.”

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