URC curates Fairtrade Fortnight service

Fairtrade Fortnight Janice Kangai plucking tea in a field in Kenya credit by David MachariaThe Revd Dr Kevin Snyman, who leads Commitment for Life, the United Reformed Church’s (URC) global justice programme, has curated the Fairtrade Foundation’s online Ecumenical Service of Worship, for Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February to 7 March).

Created in collaboration with other Christian organisations, the service can be downloaded from the Fairtrade Foundation’s website from 25 January, and is scheduled to be a key part of the Foundation’s online festival – a series of digital events organised for the first time this year.

The ecumenical service features a sermon from Karen Campbell, URC Secretary for Global and Intercultural Ministries, and is part of the Choose the World You Want Festival, which focuses on how the climate crisis is affecting the future of food and those who produce it. The online festival will include panel discussions, performances and workshops involving farmers in the developing world.

Dr Snyman, URC Programme Officer for Global Justice and Partnerships, said: “Covid has ripped aside any lingering illusion of the international economic system working for the world’s poorest. It offers a forewarning of the devastating disruptions to come because of climate breakdown. The temptation will be to set aside ethical trading to rescue the failing economy, but this is precisely wrong. Now, more than ever, the Church must pray, and agitate, for increased support of Fairtrade, along with complete debt forgiveness. We must place the needs of the poorest producers front and centre in a new, economic and financial architecture that makes a green, anti-racist and anti-elite recovery possible.”

Fairtrade Fortnight Claudio Morales Machado picking coffee beans from a plant in San Miguel del Faique, Peru credit by Eduardo Martino“The URC and its members have been important active supporters, contributing to Fairtrade’s success for years,” said Adam Gardner, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Head of Campaigns. “In this critical year for accelerating global efforts to tackle the climate crisis – which is already affecting the livelihoods of farmers on the frontline globally – we hope that joining the festival will inspire renewed support from churches and congregations – from choosing and serving Fairtrade products, to registering or re-committing to be a Fairtrade Church.”

To find more information on Fairtrade Fortnight or to download the service, visit here.

Image 1: Janice Kangai plucking tea in a field in Kenya. David Macharia/Fairtrade
Image 2: Claudio Morales Machado picking a coffee plant in San Miguel del Faique, Peru. Eduardo Martino/Fairtrade
Published: 18 January 2021

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