Beliefs Can online Communion be a substitute for the real thing? By Sarah Pulliam Bailey | October 10, 2013 ShareTweet EmailPrint More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs Some churches are modifying their worship practices, including a shared Communion chalice or hugs and handshakes at the sign of peace, in an effort to stem the spread of swine flu. Religion News Service file photo by Lynn Ischay. Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) The idea of online Communion raises fundamental questions about the definition of community, individual participation, the role of tradition and basic theological understandings of the meaning of Communion.