October: Fair Trade Month
Show the unchurched in your community that the Church is interested in humanitarian and environmental issues by participating in the annual Fair Trade Month in October. The month highlights how to support justice in trade and fight global poverty through our consumer choices.
Here’s how you can be involved, regardless of the size of your church’s budget:
—Use the money you spend to provide coffee after services to buy Fair Trade coffee. With each cup, pass out small notes with information about Fair Trade Month.
—Host weekly informational sessions to share what Fair Trade is and how attendees can support it.
—Buy Fair Trade-certified items to use during services or in ministries and let people know they are Fair Trade products. They may include wooden animals, puzzles, wooden crosses or candles for baby dedication or baptism gifts
—Host a Fair Trade event with a speaker who can share about how your consumer habits help or hurt others.
—Set up a Fair Trade store in your church and open it to the community. Sell Fair Trade products like jewelry, coffee and chocolate.
—Commit to making your worship services completely Fair Trade—from altar cloths and clerical stoles to candleholders and ceramics used for communion.
—Teach a message in October about justice and speaking for those who have no voice.
These ideas first appeared in Outreach magazine, July/August 2007. Post a comment below to share what your church is doing. Each issue of Outreach is designed to bring you the ideas, innovations and resources that will help you reach your community and change the world. Click here to subscribe »