Reinterpreting the Eucharist
Explorations in Feminist Theology and Ethics
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Series: Gender, Theology and Spirituality
Editor(s): Anne Elvey, Carol Hogan, Kim Power and Claire Renkin  
ISBN: 1845537718
ISBN-13: 9781845537715
Publication Date: 31 Dec 2012
Pages: 224 (234 x 156 mm)
Format: Hardback
Published Price: £65.00
Discount Price: £52.00
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The Eucharist continues to be central to contemporary Christian religious tradition and to be the focus for a wide range of assumptions and disputes. Chief amongst these disputes is the role of women in the theology and the ritual of the Eucharist. Reinterpreting the Eucharist brings together a diverse range of voices with each using their own marginalized experience to explore other ways – indigenous culture, medieval and contemporary art, social history, and environmental ethics – of engaging with the Eucharist. Presenting new forms of theological and ethical engagement, the book responds to the challenge of reconsidering the meaning of the Eucharist today.

"This anthology serves up an abundant breadbasket of original ways of re-imagining and re-symbolizing the Eucharist to change perspectives, expand imaginations, and, most importantly, enable full participation by women in the celebration of the Eucharist. I recommend this book for purchase by theologians of all specialties as it offers an interdisciplinary and inter-specialty approach to the Eucharist." – New Theology Review

"Reinterpreting the Eucharist is a very scholarly yet easy-to-read treatment of many of the contentious issues around Eucharist … There are many delights and challenges in the collection, inclusive as it is of so many different perspectives, references to significant gender, and ecological theologians and thinkers." - Pacifica

Anne Elvey is an adjunct research fellow at Monash University and an honorary research associate with MCD University of of Divinity. She is the author of An Ecological Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Luke: A Gestational Paradigm (2005) and The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements between Luke and the Five Senses (2011).

Carol Hogan is a member of the Congregation of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, where she lived an enclosed contemplative life for fifteen years. Since the advent of Vatican II, she has worked as a chaplain at the University of Melbourne, and in 2007 completed her doctoral thesis, Eucharist Metamorphosis: Changing Symbols - Changing Lives.

Kim Power was a founding member of the Golding Centre for the study of Women's History, Theology and Spirituality at Australian Catholic University. She is the author of Veiled Desire: Augustine on Women.

Claire Renkin is an art historian who teaches art history and spirituality at Yarra Theological Union, MCD University of Divinity. Her teaching and writing explore the connections between the art and spirituality of the late Middle Ages.


1. Introduction, Kim Power and Carol Hogan
2. Eucharistic Metamorphosis: Changing Symbol, Changing Lives, Carol Hogan
3. The Sunday Eucharist: Embodying Christ in a Prophetic Act, Carmel Pilcher
4. How Australian Aboriginal Christian Womenist Tiddas (Sisters) Theologians Celebrate the Eucharist, Lee Miena Skye
5. Women, Eucharist, and Good News to All Creation in Mark, Elizabeth Dowling and Veronica Lawson
6. Rediscovering Forgotten Features: Scripture, Tradition and Whose Feet May Be Washed on Holy Thursday Night, Kathleen P. Rushton
7.Mystery Appropriated: Disembodied Eucharist and Meta-theology, Frances Gray
8. Real Presence: Seeing, Touching, Tasting: Visualizing the Eucharist in Late Medieval Art, Claire Renkin
9. Embodying the Eucharist, Kim Power
10. Living One for the Other: Eucharistic Hospitality as Ecological Hospitality, Anne Elvey