Duke University Chapel
Our vision is to see a Green and Fair Chapel that is committed to sustainable practices that value people and place.
Our common home is a gift from God, our Creator. Good environmental stewardship is one way we can enact Jesus’ commands to pursue righteousness (Matthew 5:6) and to be known for our love (John 13:35). Loving stewardship of creation means an awareness of our impact on the environment and a radical commitment to live in a way that protects our shared inheritance.
The consistent testimony of Scripture is that we worship the God of perfect justice, who condemns the oppression of the poor (Proverbs 14:31), and calls us to walk in the ways of righteousness and mercy (Micah 6:8). Modern trade practices often exploit the world’s poorest communities, who are also those most likely to be affected by climate change. A Gospel-oriented worldview sees economic justice for the poor as essential.
A Green and Fair Chapel closely aligns with all six objectives of the Chapel’s Strategic Plan and views collaboration with the wider Duke and Durham communities as a priority. This proposal is united under the Chapel’s motto Bridging Faith and Learning – with faith that as we learn of God’s goodness to us, so will we desire to work together to celebrate our common life and bring God’s Kingdom closer in this place.
Incorporate Fair Trade Education into Your Social Teachings
Connect the tenets of your faith to Fair Trade. Empower congregants to live their faith by being conscious consumers.
Commit to Purchase Fair Trade Products When They Are Available
Work with your congregation to offer Fair Trade products regularly at services, vending machines or offices.
Include Fair Trade in Events
Serve up Fair Trade coffee, tea, and other products when possible at meetings, in gathering places, and at events.