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  Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called

the children of God".
 
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The Commitment to Peacemaking is a tool to help Presbyterians engage individually and collectively in peacemaking ministries and was introduced to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1983. Since then more than 4,300 congregations and other groups have affirmed the Commitment and used it to shape faithful and creative ministries of peace and justice. Source: PresbyterianMission.org

Peacemaking & Social Justice
Our Peacemaking and Social Justice Committee
promotes educational opportunities to raise awareness of justice issues and also sponsors hands-on projects, like our Community Garden, our sales in Fair Trade coffee & chocolate and responding to the humanitarian Border Crisis.
   
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      The PC(USA) has been involved in Fair Trade since 2001 | all available and on sale at St. Philip    

Each year Equal Exchange gives a portion of proceeds from Presbyterian purchases of coffee, tea and other products to the Presbyterian Small Farmer Fund. Equal Exchange hot cocoa mixes and chocolate bars are available through the Presbyterian Coffee Project. The cacao in Equal Exchange chocolate products comes from CONACADO in the Dominican Republic, COCABO in Panama, CACVRA in Peru, and Fortaleza del Valle co-operative in Ecuador.

Eco-Palms – Sustainably harvested palm branches that pay harvesters fairly are available for your congregation’s use on Palm Sunday. While not currently a Fair Trade certified product, Eco-Palms as an ecumenical program is structured similarly to Fair Trade and operates using Fair Trade principles. Eco-Palms come from cooperatives and harvesting communities in Guatemala and Mexico.

website: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/fair-trade/

 
  Source: PresbyterianMission.org  
   
       
     

The Presbyterian Coffee Project offers a special link between congregations and communities around the world. Churches reach out to neighbors overseas not only with the prayers and offerings we give, but with the goods and products we purchase. A warm cup of coffee (or tea) in our hands is perhaps the most tangible daily connection we have with farmers around the world. It represents warmth, hospitality, fellowship, hard work and life's pleasures both fine and simple. Buying fair trade through the Presbyterian Coffee Project ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it. Support small-scale farming cooperatives through the Small Farmer Fund, administered by the Presbyterian Hunger Program.

   
  We have been notified that our congregation
is in the top 5% of purchasers from Equal Exchange.

Equal Exchange's Interfaith Program is a vibrant network of thousands of faith communities, including our Presbyterian Coffee project, working to make a difference, together. Through the Interfaith Program, we partner with faith-based relief, development and human rights organizations and work with communities of faith as they learn about and promote Fair Trade. People of faith are living out their values through their consumer choices, and farming communities are providing for their families, greening our planet and building a better future.
 
     
  All coffee served at St. Philip for fellowship, meetings & in our church office comes from
Equal Exchange
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Sold during Sunday School & after 11am worship.
available: Guatemalan Honey! Coffee, teas, olives oil, almonds and chocolate are also available for purchase.

 
 
   
    Our congregation's Coffee Team organizes several quarterly sales in the Gathering Area: Valentines, Easter/Earth Day, Summer Coffee, September & The Alternative Market.  
  Source: PresbyterianMission.org    
 
       
Potong Tea is now for sale   read about > Small Farmers. Big Change
     
       
     

About the Potong Tea Garden

 

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Northern India, a small group of tea farmers are quietly reinventing the tea industry and reviving the land. The Potong Tea Garden is a collectively run organization of tea farmers; something nearly unheard of in the tea industry which has been dominated by large plantations since the British colonized India in the 1850’s. Now, more than a century and a half later tea bushes planted during that era are approaching the end of their productivity and Potong farmers are in the process of replacing these colonial era tea bushes and reviving fallow land.

In 2011, Equal Exchange partnered with some of their food co-op partners to raise funds in support of Potong’s ongoing replanting efforts. Through this collaboration, they were able to raise $45,000 and Potong has used the funds to plant 49,000 new tea bushes covering nearly 15 hectares of land. It hasn’t been an easy process. Potong experienced 30 percent less rainfall in 2014 compared to previous years and climate change has drastically affected growing conditions; leading to losses of nearly 5 metric tons in the 2014 harvests. Despite these environmental challenges, Potong’s vision for the tea garden is well underway.

 
   
 

Potong’s commitment to biodiversity, organic farming, and stewardship of the land is at the heart of their approach to growing tea. In a recent progress report they noted that as a result of these efforts, they’ve witnessed an increase in the population of birds and other wild life in the area. “It gives profound pleasure and satisfaction to observe nature in its revival…the population of deer, rabbits, wild boar, pangolin, and porcupine are on the rise which has started attracting leopards.” In a world where agriculture and wildlife are increasingly at odds, it is inspiring to see such respect and care for the land and the local ecosystem.  

Equal Exchange is proud to partner with Potong Tea Garden in their efforts to produce sustainable, high quality tea, and to make the tea garden their own. Try Potong’s delicious tea in our English Breakfast, Black Tea, Green Tea, and Jasmine Green Tea. Read more about the Potong Tea Garden here.

 
     
 

 

Our “Equal Exchange-Presbyterian Coffee Project” is an aspect of our call to peacemaking and working for social justice as Christians. We strive to live a life integrating the gospel teachings into the actions and decisions of our lives.

As a congregation of believers we have made the conscious decision to support Equal Exchange Fair Trade through our purchases as a congregation and as individuals.

     

We advocate for fairer trade as a model for a global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice and sustainability. A system of exchange that promotes economic justice, reduces global poverty, and honors and protects the environment.

 
         
  Art Source: www.equalexchange.coop    
   
   

 

 

Chocolate is big business.
But sadly, it is often an unjust business.

  Most mainstream chocolate comes from cacao plantations in West Africa, where forced child labor has been documented. When you choose Equal Exchange chocolates, sourced fairly and directly from small-scale farmer
co-ops, you can make a positive difference.
 
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Art Source: www.equalexchange.coop/chocolate-infographic
      SPECIAL OFFERINGS | Peacemaking  

One heart at a time, we can change cultures of violence into communities of peace with 2013’s Peacemaking Offering. The General Assembly’s adoption of Peacemaking: The Believers’ Calling, which called for an emphasis on peacemaking, paved the way for this offering, which seeks to promote the Peace of Christ across the PC(USA). Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize a large portion of this offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries. website: www.presbyterianmission.org/peacemakingoffering

 
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