Bart William Milleson
The church can do more to help disciples of Jesus Christ experience the transformation that occurs when persons of diverse ethnicity gather to form and/or nurture friendship. It is this author's conviction that it is time for the church to claim the theological premise that crafting eucharistic practices of friendship across cultures provides a vision of faith that will address racial divisiveness and build bridges of reconcilitation in society. The author wrote a workbook that served as an instrument to facilitate daily reflection upon ways the Eucharist inspires practices of friendship across ethnicity and social class. The author conducted an eight-week project which included multi-cultural worship, sharing of stories in small groups, and participation in Eucharist. Evaluation of the project included the use of surveys and interviews. The author concludes that this approach to multi-cultural ministry facilitated reflection upon Eucharist and helped participants learn more about the importance of forming friendships with Christians of diverse ethnicity and economic class based upon practices of holy communion that shape the formation of Christ-like friendships.