The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Take a break, boost fair trade

To celebrate World Fair Trade Day May 9, Lutheran World Relief is challenging coffee drinkers to fill—and drain—their cups in its effort to set a record for the World’s Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break.

bogus captionThe “breaks” can be anything from church coffee hour to a street fair or house party and must be held during the weeks before or after World Fair Trade Day. Instructions for hosting and recording coffee drinkers are available at the LWR Web site.

The site also offers ideas for adding a sampling of Divine Chocolate, the first farmer-owner chocolate brand in the world, and a display of handicrafts from SERRV, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating poverty. Both are LWR fair trade projects.

“Everything Is Better When It’s Fair” is the theme of the 2009 World Fair Trade Day. It makes the case, sponsors say, that fair trade not only supports farmers and artisans but also advocates for the environment, the rights of women and children, and peace.


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