Fair Trade: A Call to Justice
2nd Sunday of the Month after worship in the Campbell Room
In 2011, St. John’s members purchased over $4,500 of delicious fairly traded products, supporting small-scale farmers across the world.
Farmers earn a fair price for their products, have access to affordable credit, and can invest in education, healthcare, and sustainable agriculture, enabling them to build a better future for their families. All organic – all fair trade! See more about this exciting story at http://www.equalexchange.coop/farmer-partners.
This is not a fundraiser for the church; we have decided to offer all these products at the lowest prices possible to members and friends of the St. John’s community — the more frequently we choose these exquisitely prepared products, the greater our participation in a truly just economic system.
We kicked off the Equal Exchange program at the The First Annual Official
Chocolate Sunday Staff Luncheon, February 11, 2011, wherein one of our Youth Members, Coraima Delgado, officially assumed the position of St. John’s Fair Trade Sales Manager. She supervised the setup and teardown of the chocolate Sunday displays on the second Sunday of
each month. She also placed orders to Equal Exchange Interfaith Program through the Presbyterian Coffee Project to replenish our stores of coffee, chocolate, tea, cocoa, and snacks, and managed our inventory closet.
So in 2014, Coraima graduated from High School and two gracious members, Michael and Yookyung Scroggins, stepped forward to continue the Mission and Justice program. Michael and Yookyung diligently set up/ break down the supplies, and order for our congregation’s demand for coffee and chocolate. We are so appreciative of their help! Volunteers to staff the table with them
during Chocolate Sundays are welcome.
We are grateful for the congregation’s participation
in the Equal Exchange Program.
Contact: email@example.com or call (510) 845-6830
For more information about the Equal Exchange Program . . . go to their website:
“Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.”
History of Coffee in:
- “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” – The epic tale of a Midwestern farmer who transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors and arson.
- Rodale Institute
- Sustainable Farmer, a multimedia magazine for people who care about producing food and fiber with respect for the future of all living things.
- The Organic Center
- Local Harvest
- The Organic Diet and Lifestyle
- The Equal Exchange/Babson College Co-op Curriculum – A college and graduate level wiki-style curriculum created by Prof. John Whitman (then at Babson College, now at Georgetown) to help students from any discipline better understand co-operative business models.
- “The Take” – A documentary about factory workers in Argentina who face off against the bosses, bankers and a whole system that sees their beloved factories as nothing more than scrap metal for sale.
- National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA)
- U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives
- Stronger Together
- “Other Economies Are Possible!” – an article on building a solidarity economy.
Good coffee for a good cause
The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities around the world. Churches can now reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and products we purchase. A warm cup of coffee (or tea) in our hands is perhaps the most tangible daily connection we have with farmers around the world. It represents warmth, hospitality, fellowship, hard work and life’s pleasures both fine and simple.
Buying fair trade through the Presbyterian Coffee Project ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it. Support small-scale farming cooperatives through the Small Farmer Fund, administered by the Presbyterian Hunger Program.