Churches & Communities Engaging through Fair Trade Webinar Recording

Courtney Lang July 18, 2011

Approximately 138 million Americans regularly attend church. Their combined income is $2.5 trillion. If they all made just one Fair Trade purchase, they would impact millions of families striving to lift themselves out of poverty. For many, their faith motivates them to be concerned about issues of poverty, justice and human dignity, and yet too many are still unaware of Fair Trade. Fair Trade Town organizers work through all of… the sectors of their communities to ensure that their fellow citizens understand the importance of Fair Trade, leading to more committed consumers making a difference with their purchases. While churches from every different social, political and theological persuasion are increasingly embracing Fair Trade, we have only begun to scratch the surface of the potential that is latent in America’s churches. When community groups like Fair Trade Town campaigns and churches collaborate through Fair Trade, the impact is felt around the globe. Join co-hosts Fair Trade Towns USA, Trade as One and the Boston Faith and Justice Network for a webinar that will explore how churches can use Fair Trade as a way to engage their community, and how Fair Trade Town organizers can most effectively reach out to the churches in their town.

Hear from pastors, theologians, Fair Trade experts and the Fair Trade Towns leadership on why and how churches are becoming powerful partners in the movement.

Webinar: Churches & Communities Engaging Through Fair Trade

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Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns

Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.