Sharing Tea, Sharing Life

Yours truly, getting ready to serve afternoon tea.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012

I love watching programs unfold and grow into completion.

This past week we held our first Friendship Tea Time. It was an afternoon tea designed to bring women together. Guests were encouraged to invite their mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends to share tea. Although almost every gathering of women can create intimacy, “tea” has become something special among women (whether they’re drinking tea, coffee, wine or, who knows, even juice boxes.) This intimacy was something Benedict Inn hoped to offer through an afternoon where women could share with one another memories of the past and hopes for the future. There were two phenomenal guest speakers who led the program. They asked guests to come together by celebrating the special women in their lives. Some talked about mothers and grandmothers, some about sisters, and some about dear friends. The program also offered a unique opportunity to reflect on Mary, the Mother of God, as an important woman in our lives (Catholics and non-Catholics alike!)

I represented Benedict Inn as a hostess, serving tea and attending to the treat table (yum!), but I also got to participate in the program by speaking with the women in attendance. This is so rewarding to anyone who works at the Inn, because we get to witness how the program runs and its effects on guests. I saw that women did indeed share much about themselves, the memories and their lives. Many seemed eager to return next year, and so BI will be equally eager to plan the program again for 2013!

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