The inability for churches to gather, due to sheltering-in-place orders has prompted some bishops in the United Methodist Church to allow for online communion. Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, resident bishop in Louisiana, has allowed for online communion, "For such a time as this, we will allow virtual Holy Communion under the church’s theological understanding of “In Extremis”
which means that, we will allow an irregular practice, like in other unprecedented times in the life of the church.”
To do this, she asked Reverends Lane Cotton Winn and Juan Huertas help create options for pastors in the Louisiana Conference to celebrate the sacraments using technology.
Online communion is not mandatory and it has also not come without its fair share of debate. We visited with Rev. Juan Huertas who helped write the online material and answers questions about the debate.
Also in today’s episode - a poem about the online communion debate from Rev. Matt Rawle of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier.
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