William Johnson Everett, who teaches at Andover Newton Theological School, is the author of Religion, Federalism, and the Struggle for Public Life (Oxford University Press, 1997). His book The Politics of Worship is forthcoming from United Church Press.
After 30 years of teaching Christian ethics, I decided that I needed to express myself in something besides words. I wanted a fresh start and a fresh form, something that would go beyond nostalgia, some new symbolic form that would be congruent with my deepest convictions and aspirations. I decided to build a communion table.