“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated …
Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world? You … go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American. And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African. And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.”
The Revd Martin Luther King, Jr
Fair Trade is one way of remembering the people with whom we’re connected around the world … the neighbours near and far whom Christ has commanded us to love as we love ourselves.
When we use Fair Trade goods in our churches and in our homes, we’re doing our part to ensure that the people who produce the goods we use are receiving a fair return for their work, and that they are able to access the health, education, and infrastructure that they and their communities need.
Our diocese uses Fair Trade in Church House Oxford, and we encourage all churches to become Fairtrade Churches. You can find out more about how to do this below.