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Category: Interfaith

Are your Values Skipping Coffee Hour?

14 March

You’re part of a social justice-minded congregation. You show you’re on board with Fair Trade values, and people love buying Equal Exchange products from your sales table.  You’re always educating people about the importance of buying coffee that is ethically sourced, accounting for the…

Five Steps to Serving Fairer Coffee

13 March

  Your Coffee Can Be Fair and Delicious!   With Organic Breakfast Blend now priced at $32.40 per case for customers who order wholesale, there’s no reason not to make it your house blend and brew it for every meeting, gathering and event. Start serving today with these…

Small Farmer Fund Project Updates

05 February

Did you know that your purchases support projects that help level the playing field for small-scale farmers? Equal Exchange allocates a portion of sales from over 7,000 participating congregations to the relief, development and human rights organizations that make up our Interfaith Partner groups. Here are just a…

Your Stories: Customer Highlights of 2017

02 January

We’re extremely proud of the work that our customers are doing to advance food justice, environmental sustainability and human rights in their communities and around the world. These highlights from 2017 were shared by some of our dedicated supporters. Patty Sanders, Hunger Action Enabler, Presbytery of the Redwoods…

Fair Trade and Faith

30 October

Equal Exchange’s interfaith program highlights the connections between faith and Fair Trade in social-justice driven congregations around the country. We asked program participants from faith-based groups to share what drives them to support small-scale farmers and describe how their Fair Trade programs impact their own community…

Reflections on Fair Trade and Immigration

14 April

How do your fellow parishioners react when you propose fairly traded coffee for sale or fellowship hour? Do you get a yawn, or a pat on the back, but not much support? Do you quote Matthew 25, Luke 10 or Laudato Si’ to no avail? In his book on church…

Love Buzz Starts Here: Reflections on a Trip to Nicaragua

15 March

In January, fellow Equal Exchange co-owner Laurie Foote and I were on a plane bound for Nicaragua. We were part of an Equal Exchange/Presbyterian Hunger Program Delegation, a special immersion experience focused on Fair Trade and the journey of coffee, starting at its origin. Once in Nicaragua, we…

Making the Oil of Chrism with Justice

13 March

Every year on Tuesday in Holy Week, the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of California gather at Grace Cathedral to renew their ordination vows and receive newly blessed oils for healing and baptism. The oil they receive is the “Oil of Chrism,” a mixture of olive oil, cinnamon, cassia, calamus…

Equal Exchange Speech At Nuns On The Bus Rally

13 October

In July, the “Nuns on the Bus” let loose again, starting in Wisconsin in mid-July, and hitting towns and cities—and congressional offices—in the northeast, on the way to both the Republican and Democratic conventions to challenge public officials and candidates to “Mend the Gaps…

Fair Trade And My Faith

11 April

Each year as I look ahead to the Easter Season celebrated in my Catholic faith tradition, I anticipate the Emmaus Scripture Reading. The two disciples, traveling on the road to Emmaus are joined by the risen Jesus, but do not recognize him until he breaks bread with them. For me…

Roots Of Catholic Social Teaching

17 February

Peter Buck is a Senior Representative of the Interfaith & Community Sales program at Equal Exchange. This blog post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on the relationship between Fair Trade and Catholic teachings. Pope Francis’ trip to Mexico, and particularly his visit to the state of…

An Appreciation Of The Pope’s Encyclical Letter On The Environment

26 June

There’s excitement here at Equal Exchange about Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): Care for our Common Home.” In the Pope’s encyclical, he makes a powerful call for urgent action on climate change and environmental pollution. These issues are of paramount importance to…