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Coffeehouses birth revolutions

Like many aspects of American history, it’s sometimes hard to separate truth from fiction. Consider the role coffeehouses played in the founding of our great nation.

In an attempt to find evidence that coffeehouses were instrumental in America’s history, I contacted Richie Holland, a Boston area tour guide who specializes in the Christian influences on American history.

Our conversation went something like this.

“Richie, is it true the idea for the Boston Tea Party was conceived at the Green Dragon Coffee House?”

“The Green Dragon was more of a tavern than a coffeehouse,” he said almost apologetically in his thick New England accent. “But back then both were places people gathered to talk about life, religion and politics.”

“So, it’s conceivable that coffeehouse chatter played a part in the American Revolution?”

“Sure, to some extent.”

After visiting Everyday Joe’s, a coffeehouse founded and run by an Assemblies of God church in Fort Collins, Colo., I became convinced revolutionary things really do happen at such establishments. Yet what I witnessed at Everyday Joe’s was far more spiritual than patriotic.

There, I saw followers of Christ serving unchurched patrons and treating them the way I think Jesus would. The result of that kind of love is always revolutionary. And that is why this edition is focused on coffeehouses.

Kirk Noonan

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