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ISBN: 9781783684090
Imprint: HippoBooks
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 9
Publication Date: 31/05/2018
Pages: 144
Language: English

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper

Ending the Eucharistic Famine


Africa is suffering a severe famine – a famine for the Lord's Supper. Many Christians have forgotten or have never known the nourishment this spiritual feast brings. Others long for it but are denied the opportunity to partake. In Celebrating the Lord’s Supper: Ending the Eucharistic Famine, Dr Edison Kalengyo pleads on behalf of those who are suffering. This book identifies the ecclesiastical and economic reasons for the famine and suggests how they may be alleviated. Kalengyo also urges African churches to draw on the continent’s rich, ancient cultural heritage when celebrating the Lord’s Supper to fully appreciate this biblical feast and the communion it brings with God and fellow believers.

Author Bios

Edison Muhindo Kalengyo

DR EDISON MUHINDO KALENGYO is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda, and is ordained in the Church of the Province of Uganda. He holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and has taught courses in New Testament, Greek, Missions, African Biblical Interpretation, Christian Spirituality, Church Leadership, and Management at both undergraduate and graduate levels. His experience in serving rural parishes raised his awareness of the eucharistic famine that prevails across Africa. Dr Kalengyo is married to Dorothy, and they have three children, Mwesigwa, Alinda and Ahebwa.


This brief, lively and very readable book belongs in the hands of every pastor and pastor-to-be on the continent. It is African theology at its best

Joel A. Carpenter, PhD
Director of Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity,
Calvin College, USA

Celebrating the Lord’s Supper is a very refreshing and thought provoking work that challenges one’s thinking about the place and significance of the Lord’s Supper for the Christian church. . . Dr Edison Kalengyo has started a discussion that cannot be ignored and raised an issue that is significant for spiritual development. . . I am grateful to Dr Kalengyo for this approach, and for articulating this issue of the Lord’s Supper succinctly.

The Rt Rev Stephen Ayodeji A. Fagbemi, PhD
Anglican Diocese of Owo, Nigeria

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgements
    1. 1 An Unacknowledged Famine
    2. 2 Immediate Remedies
    3. 3 African Cultures and Christian Tradition
    4. 4 Inculturation
    5. 5 The Language of Sacrifice
    6. 6 Western Languages and African Liturgies
    7. 7 The Food of the People
    8. 8 The Place of the Ancestors
    9. 9 Healing, Protection, and the Lord’s Supper
    10. 10 Communion, Fellowship and the Lord’s Supper
    11. 11 Conclusion
  4. Appendix: The History and Theology of the Lord’s Supper
  5. Bibliography