Since 1996, Lutherans have been helping coffee and cocoa farmers increase their ability to provide for their families through the support of Lutheran World Relief’s Fair Trade products. Fair Trade is a partnership that seeks greater equity in international trade by assuring that small-scale farmers are given a fair and dependable price for their crops on the world market. It encourages more ecologically sustainable farming practices, which not only takes care of God’s creation but also ensures that the farmers’ land will be rich and fruitful for generations to come. Through Fair Trade, child labor and forced labor policies are followed, assuring the children the opportunity to pursue education for a stronger future. Fair Trade also promotes the rights and leadership of women in the community, assuring that children reap the rewards. Last but certainly not least, Fair Trade delivers delicious high quality coffee and chocolate that reflect our faith and how we can live in community with God’s children all over the world. This Sunday, May 1 (and usually the first Sunday of every month), Holy Trinity offers Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate for sale at no mark-up. This is not a fundraiser but rather our way of living in community with brothers and sisters around the world to help them better provide for their families and the environment. Check out the table in the Gathering Place and give it a try!
About this blog
Welcome to my running online dialog on matters of our life together in faith community at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church—where the grace of Christ Jesus our Lord engages each of us and, in turn, sends us out to engage others with that grace as well. I look forward to learning and growing together.
- Pastor Steve Wachtman
- Kathy Freeman Summers appointed president and CEO, ELCA Foundation, and executive director, Mission Advancement