Thursday, 29 March 2012

Newsletter Reflection for Sunday 1 April 2012: How Sweet is Your Chocolate?

Good morning,

With Easter coming up, I decided to just check that my favourite chocolate was OK – in terms of being fair trade, before I bought  Easter eggs for my family.

I went directly to Lindt’s website and learned something interesting. As yet only 2% of the world’s chocolate is fair trade – which isn’t enough for this one company to source certified fair trade chocolate. Instead of going to certifying organisations, this company instead had started a project to track every cocoa bean they bought for themselves to find out exactly where it came from.  They were minimising the use of intermediaries – so that business was being done directly between the company and the producers, giving the producers a fairer price and allowing the company to see what farming practices were happening.  That gave me some confidence in buying their chocolate. It also told me that the big chocolate companies are aware of the issue and may be starting to do something about it.

Unfortunately, there are still companies who are not concerned with where their cocoa beans come from.  They buy from intermediaries and never ask questions as to the conditions people live and work under to produce the chocolate. Children are still bought and sold as slaves and end up working in cocoa plantations.

This Easter, let’s all check that we really are “loving our neighbours” – no matter what part of the world they are in.  If we’re going to give chocolate, let’s try to give chocolate that was produced without harming other people.  There are two ways to check – look for  “fair trade” certification on the product itself, or go to the company’s website and look at whether they even know where their beans are coming from and what conditions they are produced under.

Grace and peace

Dates to note:
5 April. 7.30am. Maundy Thursday service.
5 April. There will be no Watchya Weight on Maundy Thursday.
6 April. 7.30am. Good Friday service.
16 May. 7pm. Church Council.
16 June. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 June. Adult Fellowship will have special offering envelopes to support Mercy Ships women’s health projects
15 September. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.
17 November. 7am to 10.30am. Working bee for cleaning/maintenance of church, hall and grounds.

Prayer points:
·         Those in this world who do not have enough to eat.
·         Those in this world who suffer ill-health from eating too much.
·         The Queensland Government:  Pray for guidance for our leaders for the next three years.

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