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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Fijian Methodists struggle with kava use by clergy

Cries for kava use moderation among the clergy dominated a recent meeting of Fijian Methodists. Newly elected church president Jione Langi addressed concern that kava overuse by his church leaders was driving the flock to seek spiritual fulfillment elsewhere. Yet another psychopharmaceutical faces the test of modernity. Western culture once resisted the taking of caffiene and now, while a minority still fights on for a caffeine ban, we freely give it to children on a daily basis. As Fiji contunies to modernize and integrate with the global economy, how will kava fare?

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