Sri Lanka, 2008: Fanta Portello
This is what we used for a Communion service at a Christian retreat site outside of Colombo. Scripture certainly gives us the freedom to serve artificially flavored western grape soda at the Lord's Table, but should it be the beverage of choice in a place like Sri Lanka? In parts of the world where there is no history or practice of grape cultivation, should Christian worship depend on access to imported or foreign-licensed foodstuffs? Given the multitude of wholesome staple beverages around the world (Sri Lanka has been renowned for centuries for its teas) why do we get so stuck on grapiness?