At this week’s Theological Research Seminar, David Long will be presenting Making Pentecostal Sense of the Lord’s Supper: A Contemporary Canadian Experientialist Discourse. Read the abstract and bio below.
All are welcome to attend in Hurlburt Hall at McMaster Divinity College at 1:00pm or via livestream at the link below:
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Historically, we have tended to trivialize practices bereft of the felt sense of Christ’s presence, even historical Church rites. For most Pentecostals, sense-less religion is hetero-praxis––dead religion. Pentecostals celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Peering through the window of the contemporary Canadian practice of Lord’s Supper, one of only two official PAOC Ordinances, allows me (us) to behold Pentecostal senses of sacramentality. This TRS presentation is an emblem of the qualitative research findings of my dissertation project.
Dave has served in full-time pastoral ministry with The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada for 25 years. He has also served as Section Presbyter for the Laurentian and Muskoka sections of the Western Ontario District of the PAOC. For the past three years, Dave has served as a full-time Spiritual Care Practitioner for St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Sudbury) at Villa St. Gabriel Villa. He is the father of Isobel Davis (22) and Soren Xavier (15) and the husband of Lisa D.
Dave’s research interests concern Pentecostal sacramentality: investigating what is distinctive about the sacramental nature of Pentecostal praxis. His research focuses on how Canadian Pentecostals experience Christ’s presence in the ritual performance of the Lord’s Supper.
The MDC Theological Research Seminar (TRS) is a bimonthly gathering for all MDC students and faculty. TRS meets over the lunch hour on Wednesdays, and includes about thirty minutes for the paper presentation and twenty minutes for discussion.
All advanced degree students are invited to present a paper and share your research with your colleagues. TRS is an excellent opportunity to “test drive” a paper you will be presenting at an upcoming conference and receive helpful feedback on your current research projects. Thinking about submitting an article to a journal and want some interaction first? TRS will provide it. Just published an article or an essay and want to share it us? TRS is an excellent opportunity to broadcast it.
This year the organizing committee consists of Dr. Francis Pang, Dr. Wendy Porter, and Dr. Steve Studebaker. To submit a paper, contact a member of the organizing committee.