The Church of the Brethren Coffee Project is an innovative way for Brethren congregations to reach out to communities in the coffee-growing world. As Christians we can address a consumer dilemma by buying coffee that is fairly traded. Through the project, farmers and their families earn a fairer share of income, have access to credit and technical support, and gain a trading partner they can trust, a Fair Trade organization called Equal Exchange. At the same time, your congregation can enjoy fellowship and learn more about the world, its economy and our part in it.
There are many ways that your community can become involved in the Church of the Brethren Coffee Project. Within your congregation there are committees, such as Social Justice or the youth groups, that might sponsor the project. Then, as your congregation enjoys this delicious coffee, members and visitors alike can take time to learn more about its impact on the people who grow it. Read about small-scale farmers in the developing world and the ways in which the Church of the Brethren is helping their communities. Discuss issues of human rights and economic justice in the global marketplace and take action in the spirit of love.
For more information about this and other programs, contact Church of the Brethren, Global Mission Partnerships, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. Tel: 800-323-8039, e-mail: email@example.com
How to Order
ON THE WEB:
The easiest way to order for your congregation, office , or organization is on the web at the Equal Exchange Web Store.
BY MAIL OR FAX:
Download an order form for the Church of the Brethren Coffee Project (in pdf format).
To receive an order form and information in the mail, email your address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Can Do
- Serve fairly traded coffee, tea and cocoa at church events and during fellowship hour, and make it available to members for home use.
- Organize a buying club to purchase products for members at wholesale prices.
- Create fundraising projects in your church offering fairly-traded coffee, tea, cocoa and chocolate. Raise funds for a congregational project in your community, or share proceeds with Church of the Brethren programs in the developing world.
- Spread the word about Fair Trade in adult forums, with youth and other groups. Provide local businesses with information about offering fairly traded coffee from Equal Exchange.