Fairly Traded: Alive and Well at St Paul’s

“But let justice flow like water…”. This was the vision of the prophet Amos (5:24) in response to the corruption of the Israelites that was taking them away from their true relationship with God. At St. Paul’s Cathedral we are involved with several acts of justice which we believe flow from God’s Spirit in us.

I wonder if you have considered that purchasing the Fair Trade products we sell after services on the first and third Sundays of the month is one of these acts. Fair Trade Bishops Blend Coffees and the Equal Exchange chocolate, teas, and nuts, promise to compensate the growers who produce them with fair income. A primary goal of the Fair Trade movement is to empower all people and improve the quality of their lives.

Don’t let your Fair Trade shopping stop at the Cathedral, though! You can find Fair Trade products in the ‘hood at Café Bassam, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Balboa Park, Sprouts. I’ll bet you can find more. Look for these labels that indicated the product is Fair Trade Certified or follows Fair Trade principles.

Carolyn Lief

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