New Resource for Churches Engaging in Fair Trade
Posted on August 4, 2011 by Fair Trade Town: Boston
Approximately 138 million Americans regularly attend church. Their combined income is $2.5 trillion. If they all made just one Fair Trade purchase, they would impact millions of families striving to lift themselves out of poverty. For many, their faith motivates them to be concerned about issues of poverty, justice and human dignity, and yet too many are still unaware of Fair Trade. That motivation pushed the Boston Faith & Justice Network to begin Fair Trade work in Boston back in 2009. All around the globe, Fair Trade organizers work through all of the sectors of their communities to ensure that their fellow citizens understand the importance of Fair Trade, leading to more committed consumers making a difference with their purchases.
While churches from every different social, political and theological persuasion are increasingly embracing Fair Trade, we have only begun to scratch thesurface of the potential that is latent in America’s churches. When community groups like Fair Trade Town campaigns and churches collaborate through Fair Trade, the impact is felt around the globe.
Earlier this summer the Boston Faith & Justice Network, Fair Trade Towns USA and Trade as One hosted a webinar exploring how churches can use Fair Trade as a way to engage their community, and how Fair Trade Town organizers can most effectively reach out to the churches. After much anticipation (and even more tech headaches!), we finally have an archived version of the webinar available. You can download it (for free) here!