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Easter: Bishop of Missouri Stops Christian Seder Meal as the Holy Week Commences

The XI Bishop of Missouri,  Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson, in a statement, announced the ban of Christian Seder meals. 

The Seder meal is an important part of the Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. It involves a traditional meal that includes specific foods and rituals, all of which have deep symbolic meaning.

However, in recent years, some Christian groups have adopted the Seder meal as a way to connect with their Jewish roots and gain a deeper understanding of the roots of Christianity. These Christian Seders often incorporate Christian themes and symbolism alongside the traditional Jewish elements.

In his statement,  argued that the Christian Seder meal was inappropriate and incompatible with the Christian faith. He stated that the Christian version of the Seder meal was a form of cultural appropriation that trivialized the Jewish tradition and misrepresented its meaning.

According to a post by anglican.ink, the statement read:

Dear Siblings in Christ,

Ours is a faith deeply rooted in the soil of Judaism. Jesus’ earthly ministry was grounded in the religious expressions, traditions, and practices of Judaism which influenced the early Christian communities. We continue to draw much nourishment from our Jewish roots. Reflecting on the impact of Jewish practice, the early generations of Christians quickly recognized that Christianity was not a superficial rebranding of Judaism.

In our own time, the proliferation of Christian Seders on Maundy Thursday has taken root in parts of Christianity. These recastings of the Jewish Seder seek to connect Jesus’ crucifixion to the fulfilling of the Hebrew Scriptures prophecies surrounding God’s covenanted people. These Christian Seders cast Jesus not only as the messianic paschal lamb but seek to replace or supersede Judaism’s covenant with God. Christians celebrating their own Haggadah outside of Jewish practice is deeply problematic and is supersessionism in its theological view. Christian communities hosting Seders is additionally problematic because it contributes to the objectification of our Jewish neighbors.

As we approach Holy Week, and the retelling and reenacting of the stories of our salvation, rooted in deeply Christian practice and theology, it is incompatible with our faith in Jesus Christ and teachings of the Episcopal Church to host Christian Seders. Therefore, within the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri, hosting, holding, or celebrating Christian Seders is expressly forbidden as unauthorized liturgical expressions of our faith.

As an aide to an additional formation opportunity, I commend to you the excellent article by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish New Testament scholar at Vanderbilt Divinity School; entitles “Holy Week and the hatred of the Jews: How to avoid anti-Judaism this Easter,” and I encourage our clergy and lay leaders to read the article in its entirety.

May you have a blessed and fulfilling Holy Week, as we walk the Way of Jesus.


Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Deon K. Johnson

XI Bishop of Missouri



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