Kingdom coffee: Fairtrade catering at your church?

Making the case for seeking the Kingdom of God through our church catering supplies.  Why not adapt this short summary for your own church?

Your kingdom coffee come…
Coffee – that glorious liquid. Whether it’s the fragrant aroma wafting up your nostrils; the heavenly taste tantalising your tastebuds; or the caffeine buzzing round your brain. Or maybe it’s the combination of all three. And ditto for tea, if that’s your tipple of choice. Between the two drinks, we get through a lot in a year as a church. But what of the people who produce our tea and coffee, mostly in parts of the world a lot less well-off than we are? Are they savouring the fruits of their labours or does it leave a bitter taste in their mouth? Continue reading

Unfair trade

Christians of all stripes should be concerned about the proposed free trade agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US).

In the book of Exodus we read of the Israelites’ suffering at the hands of Pharaoh, especially when Moses began agitating for their freedom. Pharaoh suddenly decreed that the Hebrew workforce had to produce the same amount of bricks as they had previously but without straw being provided. What had been a difficult task quickly became a torturous one.

The moral of the story – that the weak suffer when the powerful abuse their power – is one repeated throughout the biblical record. It is a trend that, sadly, continues to this day. And it is also a theme much apparent in the proposed free trade agreement between the EU and the US, the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). There are two main reasons for this. Continue reading