A Hunger Games Eucharist

"About 130 young people gathered in a heavily fortified bank vault in the depths of the ‘Diefenbunker' near Carp, Ont., on Nov. 17, 2013. They were there for a Eucharist and sermon comparing the pacifism of Christ and the "redemptive violence" of the bestselling novel and movie The Hunger Games." The Anglican Church of Canada reports:

"The Hunger Games is a book about juxtaposition," said the Rev. Monique Stone, organizer of the service and incumbent of the Anglican Parish of Huntley, in her sermon. "It's a book in which we see a community in dire poverty pushed up against a community of privilege­—in which we hear about a community that is starving, and [another] that has so much excess that at times they actually want to make themselves sick so they can fit in more food." …

The Very Rev. Shane Parker, dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa, was the main celebrant at the Eucharist, which brought to a close a seven-week course on the spirituality of The Hunger Games. ...

"The Hunger Games story is very relevant. There was more stuff to discuss than we could cover in the weeks of our study leading up to this Eucharist. If anyone wanted to do this service themselves, I'd be more than happy to share the liturgy.

(Editor's note: we have corrected the error mentioned in the second comment, and the story now reads as coming from The Anglican Church of Canada, not form the Anglican Journal)

Comments (3)

I suppose we should be grateful that no fighting-young-priest-who-could-talk-to-the-young decided to pursue a Lord of the Rings Mass back in the day , and that so far we have been spared Twilight and Harry Potter Eucharists.

Bill Dilworth

It would appear that the news item is not from the Anglican Journal. It is from the news information service of the Anglican Church of Canada-- not the same vehicle.

For those interested in the, perhaps arcane, but apparently horizon-less bureaucratic tinkering at National in Canada, the article below regarding a recent Communications study by the Anglican Church of Canada may be of some interest. The linked article is, in fact, from Anglican Journal on-line. One of the interesting pieces of information in the report is the demographic profile of The Anglican Journal readership, which is reported as being over 65 years of age, female, and non users of the internet. This is reported as mirroring the demographic of church attendance. If that is the case, then articles about the pop phenomena of Hunger Games probably could use a much more detailed explanation for the benefit of readership.

Notwithstanding, hats off to the clergy who developed and conducted the Hunger Games Eucharist, sounds like a great jumping off point. One wonders if the wider aging church will have opportunity to learn something from the deliberations.


What I like most about this is that it is not done in isolation: this isn't about simply "doing something popular", but rather using something popular to explore peace and violence, privilege and poverty, and spirituality. Seven-weeks of using the Hunger Games for this exploration led to the liturgy.

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