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Wales: Bishops make Fair Trade appeal

Posted on: November 24, 2014 3:15 PM
(l-r) the Bishop of Bangor, Andy John, the Bishop of St Davids, Wyn Evans and the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies.
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Welsh bishops are appealing for congregations to switch to Fair Trade teas and coffees after services and events to help promote justice in the global food market.

The Church in Wales is on course to become the first Fair Trade church province in the Anglican Communion – but it needs 10% more of its congregations to join up before it can reach the landmark.

So far 60% of its churches have committed to using  Fair Trade tea, coffee and other products where they can and to learning more about Fair Trade issues. When it reaches 70%, the Church will receive Fair Trade accreditation from Fair Trade Wales.

The bishops made the appeal at an ethical Christmas Market during  a landmark Church conference in Llandudno over the weekend. The Time Is Now conference was devoted to looking at ways in which churches could best serve today’s communities and was attended by more than 240 people from across Wales.

The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, said promoting equality and justice for people who produce so many of the products we take for granted and use each day was a key Christian concern. He said, “We have made great strides towards becoming a Fair Trade province and we’re very nearly there. I hope all our churches will respond so that we exceed the 70% target and help to ensure that our refreshments do not come at the cost of other people’s exploitation.”

The Revd Carol Wardman, the Bishops’ Adviser for Church and Society added, “We’re delighted  that so many of our churches have committed themselves to using Fair Trade products (especially tea and coffee), and to praying and raising awareness of the importance of Fair Trade.  We’re not far from our target now and we’re pleased to promote it at this conference. Fair Trade is an important part of the Church’s 2020 Vision to reach out with Christian love in action, and a great way to show solidarity with producers all over the world.”

The Church in Wales has a number of Fair Trade champions, across its six dioceses, and each of them tries to keep Fair Trade on the agenda of their churches and communities.

For details on how to become a Fair Trade church, please see http://www.churchinwales.org.uk/society/becoming-a-fairtrade-province/

For an article on the Church in Wales’ efforts to be the Communion’s first Fair Trade Church see pages 12-13 of Anglican World magazine at visit http://issuu.com/anglicancommunion/docs/f_355_aco_aw-november2013_web_1