"Tea is a collaboration between humans and nature. The Chinese character for tea ─ 茶chá ─ contains within it the radical characters for a plant, a tree and a person, with the whole character representing the harmonious ecosystem between them. Every tea style that exists is a product of the intervention of humans ─ there is no black or green tea plant and any style of tea can be made from any type of Camellia Sinensis, although certain styles benefit certain places or times of the year." – Jonathan Nunn, 2020
To make bread or love, to dig in the earth, to feed an animal or cook for a stranger—these activities require no extensive commentary, no lucid theology. All they require is someone willing to bend, reach, chop, stir. Most of these tasks are so full of pleasure that there is no need to complicate things by calling them holy. And yet these are the same activities that change lives, sometimes all at once and sometimes more slowly, the way dripping water changes stone. In a world where faith is often construed as a way of thinking, bodily practices remind the willing that faith is a way of life.
∆ Barbara Brown Taylor