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"For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth…They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat...and everyone is rewarded justly for their labor and offered the opportunity to live in full human dignity." - Isaiah 65: 17a, 22a

John Wesley claimed, “I look upon all the world as my parish” and spoke against the accumulation of wealth at the expense of others, especially against slavery, saying, “Better is honest poverty, than all the riches bought by the tears, and sweat, and blood of our fellow-creatures.” (Thoughts upon Slavery)

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. Fair Trade helps ensure that farmers and artisans throughout the developing world receive a fair price for their products, have direct involvement in the marketplace, and uphold environmental and labor rights standards. The system builds real and lasting relationships between producers in developing countries and businesses and consumers around the world.
 
What are the Principles of Fair Trade?
What does Fair Trade have to do with Human Trafficking? Read more here!
 
World Fair Trade Day is May 12!
Learn More about how the United Methodist Church encourages fair trade!
Use this bulletin insert to teach your congregation more about fair trade! 
 
DO NO HARM
1. Eliminate products from your life known to be created by slave or forced child labor. The US Department of Labor has compiled a resource listing products which are known to be cultivated or made through slave or forced labor. 
 
2. Purchase Fairly Traded Products whenever possible. The websites below provide a starting place for you to determine where you can purchase fairly traded products. If you are aware of other places, let us know. We’ll add them to our list.  Contact dstickley [at] wocumc.org (Dee Stickley-Miner).
 
The UMCOR Coffee Project: Good Coffee for a Good Cause - Around the world, coffee and fellowship come together where we share community. By using Equal Exchange Fairly Traded coffees and teas, your congregation or community can enjoy a great cup of coffee while helping small farmers in the developing world as they build a better future for themselves and their families. ...read more
 
Do 'glamissional efforts' - where the glamor of giving outweighs the good it does - help or hurt? Learn more here!
 
GoPromoCodes
A guide to buying Fair Trade.
 
Handmade items including clothing, furniture, jewelry, etc
 
Fairly traded food and beverages. UMCOR Coffee Project is a part of Equal Exchange.
 
Fairly traded activewear, including t-shirts
 
For over 60 years, SERRV has worked to eradicate poverty by selling fairly traded products which lifts people and communities from poverty.
 
Fair Trade Sports, Inc is the first sports equipment company in the US to launch a full line of Eco-Certified Fair Trade sports balls, ensuring Fair Trade Certified wages and healthy working conditions for our adult workers. They also carry sweatshop-free apparel.
 
All flavors of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream are fair trade.
 
COLORES DEL PUEBLO
A coop of weavers from Guatemala that produce hand-woven clerical stoles.
 
Fair Trade Foods in the Culinary Arts
Everything you need to know about Fair Trade Foods.
 
DO GOOD
1. Help your supermarket carry more fairly traded products. To find out how you can engage your supermarket, go to Fair Trade Your Supermarket
 
2. Consider joining a fair trade team through Global Exchange. Learn and see first hand how purchasing fair trade products improve the quality of life for families and communities.
 
3. Learn more about Fair Trade by using educational resources. Go to the following websites to download resources which you can use in small groups and Sunday School classes.
   a. Green America directory listing nearly 3,000 businesses that have made firm commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products.
   b. Equal Exchange supporting small farmer coops that use sustainable agricultural practices. In addition to products, they provide downloadable resources and curriculum.
 
STAY IN LOVE WITH GOD
Bible Studies, prayers and worship ideas.