Things did not go well the first time coffee appeared in church.
Coffee, which was first produced in the Muslim world in the mid-800s, was originally regarded by the Vatican as a “hellish” brew intended to lure Christians, according to legend.
In his 1922 novel, “All About Coffee,” William Harrison Ukers wrote, “For Christians to drink it was to risk falling into a pit set by Satan for their soul.”
Thankfully, Pope Clement VII, who ruled in the 16th century, had a better idea, according to the Rev. Tim Schenck.
Clement wanted to baptise coffee after tasting it and finding it delicious in order to fool Satan and “make it a Christian beverage,” according to Schenck, an Episcopal priest and author of “Holy Grounds: The Surprising Link Between Coffee and Faith.”
Coffee hour has become a staple of congregational life in many houses of worship, with members drinking coffee, often prepared in commercial vats, and chatting before or after services. Coffee hour vanished when in-person worship services were halted due to the pandemic. One of the things that churchgoers have missed the most from meeting in person is the opportunity to socialise.