The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony provides a beautiful reminder of the importance of community and hospitality.
Written by Gideon Heugh | 01 Oct 2021
Traditional coffee roasting in Adama, Ethiopia. Credit: Will Boase/Tearfund
Part of an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony. Credit: Will Boase/Tearfund
Women gather together in a self-help group in Adama, Ethiopia. Credit: Will Boase/Tearfund
And it doesn’t just need to be in church. It is currently harvest season – a time when we give thanks for what we have and consider what we can to share it with others. How can we all offer the gift of hospitality to others, now and in the future?
Gather together with a group of family, friends, colleagues, or fellow church-goers. If you’re not able to meet in person, this can also be done online.
At your gathering, make a hot drink together. Say a short prayer before you begin, thanking God for the good things you’ve been given.
Take your time making the drink, being present to each part of the process. Notice the sounds and the smells.
Once you have poured the drink into the cups, say a further blessing over them, praising God for the power of community, and asking for more the love and welcome of Christ to fill the church.
Written by Gideon Heugh
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