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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Canadian Peace & Justice Committee

As you may know World Church is wanting congregations to align their activities under the five Mission Initiatives. Here is an excellent way to start doing that for any congregation that serves coffee. Normally coffee would be a “Maintenance or kitchen expense.” But if a congregation purchases fair trade coffee, then you can take that expense and move it under the “Abolish Poverty, End Suffering” Initiative, because that is exactly what fair trade does – it helps coffee farmers break the cycle of poverty. Thus by spending very little extra, your congregational budget automatically aligns with that critical Mission Initiative. For the sake of impoverished coffee farmers around the world, we hope you will consider that wherever possible.

A second step that anyone can take is a follow-up to the letter that was sent by the entire Canadian church regarding the labeling of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). Specifically, you can sign a petition encouraging the adoption of a bill in Parliament devoted to precisely that purpose. Go to the Peace/Justice website  or simply go the Canadian website and click on the Peace/Justice badge and in the Latest News box you will see a link to the action. Informed choice is such a basic step, and yet we in Canada are not even at that stage yet regarding GMOs. Please consider helping nudge things along.

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