Fair­trade steps for Cam­bus­lang Par­ish

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church marked the re­cent Fair­trade Fort­night by tak­ing fur­ther steps to­wards be­com­ing recog­nised as a fair­trade church.

The par­ish are now hope­ful of be­ing of­fi­cially recog­nised in the near fu­ture, with a group within the church work­ing to­wards the aim.

As well as us­ing fair­trade tea and cof­fee af­ter ser­vices and at meet­ings, parish­ioners were also in­volved in a spe­cial event for the cause.

Af­ter their com­mu­nion ser­vice at the start of March, they held their Big Fair­trade Brownie Brunch, com­plete with brown­ies and other tasty snacks that all con­tained at least one Fair­trade in­gre­di­ent.

The brunch high­lighted the Fair­trade fort­night theme which was the Big Fair­trade Breakfast, high­light­ing the fact that the foods peo­ple eat and drink for breakfast de­pend on farm­ers and pro­duc­ers from all over the world, many of whom may not earn enough to feed their own fam­i­lies.

Buy­ing prod­ucts with the Fair­trade logo guar­an­tees that those pro­duc­ers are be­ing paid a fair price for their goods.

To be of­fi­cially recog­nised as a fair­trade church, a church must use Fair­trade tea and cof­fee, then move for­ward into us­ing other prod­ucts like sugar, bis­cuits and fruit and fi­nally pro­mot­ing fair­trade events, such as the re­cent brownie event.

Ac­cord­ing to Cam­bus­lang Par­ish’s dea­con, Karen Hamil­ton, help­ing that cause taps into the heart of what the church should be about.

She said: “We want to be­come a fair­trade church be­cause it means jus­tice for every­body.

“The peo­ple should get the ben­e­fits of the crops they pro­duce, and we want the church to be good and fair, as well as try­ing to ed­u­cate as much as we can.

“We’re aim­ing to use as much of the fair­trade items as pos­si­ble, and our Fair­trade group have been ex­cel­lent at help­ing with that.

“I think the Fair­trade group are be­ing pos­i­tive and tak­ing steps for­ward to make the church more of a fair­trade church.

“It’s about ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple that farm­ers who pro­duce the food or crops we use should be given a fair deal.

“I think more peo­ple are get­ting used to fair­trade ideas now, be­cause the prod­uct is much more avail­able than it used to be.

“When Fair­trade came around at first it was usu­ally only avail­able at fair­trade stalls and was ex­pen­sive, which would put peo­ple off, but you can find it much more eas­ily now.”

More than 7,500 churches from a range of de­nom­i­na­tions have worked to have their sup­port of fair­trade of­fi­cially recog­nised by achiev­ing Fair­trade Church sta­tus.

Trad­ing places Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church is aim­ing to be a fair­trade church

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