Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 21

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE up next in the afternoon. But I wanted to close, not with communion; this isn’t that. But it symbolizes what happened at that table fellowship—the last of my seven f’s—when Jesus took the unleavened bread in honor of the escape from slavery, the Exodus, and he broke it. And he said, when you eat, when you put food in your mouth, when you observant Jews celebrate every Friday night the gift of the seventh day, the day of rest, the Sabbath, Shabbat, when you say your prayers giving thanks for the bread of the earth and the fruit of the vine, remember me. Some of them got it; some of them didn’t. But for us, especially after our day today, when we do that next, let us remember him. So, with that, I’ve got a whole bunch of matzah. I would ask that you take some and break some off, share it with your brothers and sisters at table. So we just came through Easter; we just came through Passover as well. Everybody grab some and then we’ll eat it together. Again, to be clear, this isn’t communion; we’ll have to get some of those cleric folks to do that. My time at the Howard Divinity School didn’t lead to ordination, so I want to be very clear; this isn’t Eucharist. But the Passover celebration is symbolic. It allows you to tell a story; it allows you to ask questions; it allows you to remember what’s most important. We are free; we used to be slaves; we used to be slaves in Egypt ; we used to be slaves to sin. We are free, but we can’t be free until everyone is free. That’s what Martin Luther King Jr. was preaching about; that’s what Caesar Chavez was preaching about; that’s what Jesus was preaching about. Has everyone received some matzah? The Hebrew prayer that Jesus said that night of fellowship, the Last Supper, went exactly like this: “Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech haolam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz”—blessed are you God, ruler of the whole universe, who gives us the bread of the earth. Do this and remember him. [Applause] JL: Thank you, Max. Now we’re going to invite our panelists to the stage. Joining Max Finberg on this panel are Derek Moyer, Steven Kolmes, Jeanna Moyer, and our moderator, Beyth Hogue Greenetz. Let’s give them a hand of applause as they come on up. Beyth Hogue Greenetz: Thank you all so much for being here today, all of you, and also to our panelists. I’m going to do a very brief introduction to each of our panelists. We have so much to cover and I’m sure that their expertise will become quickly apparent to you as we get into this conversation. You have already met Max Finberg, so I’m going to jump right into Professor Derek Moyer. And we have two Professor Moyers on this panel who are unrelated to each other. So bear with me and jump in, either one of you, when you feel you have an answer to the Professor-Moyer question. First, Derek Moyer: he’s a senior adjunct professor at Warner 18