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Beyond Tithing: What to Do with the Other 90 Percent
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

As Christians we are commanded to give 10 percent of our resources to the church. But what about the other 90 percent of our resources? Does this 90 percent express our commitment to social justice, our love o ...

Time to Change the Rules? Examining Our Relationship With Money
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 1:08pm | Type: Blog

Jesus was quite clear that our allegiance was to be with the POOR, not the barons of Wall Street. I have a confession to make. I am addicted to office supplies. I grew up in a ...

The Economy and a Pair of Shoes
Originally Posted: 03/13/2013 - 7:38am | Type: Blog

The globalized economic system is pathologically designed to function towards injustice, and injustice implicates the exploitation, destitution, and ultimate collapse of local communities around the world, esp ...

Using Spending Power for Good: A Conversation With Nathan George of Trade As One
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

At the Justice Conference last weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with Nathan George, founder of Trade As One, and ask him about buying fair trade and his company's awesome — and newly launched — f ...

Rethinking Modesty
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 10:29am | Type: Blog

When I was growing up, the only thing that could be said about clothing was that it should be “modest,” and ideally not too “worldly.” “Modesty” was proof-texted from 1 Timothy 2:9: “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not w ...

Weaving a Hopeful Future
Originally Posted: 01/30/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

In the West, machines do most of the commercial weaving, not people. In Ethiopia, and elsewhere in the developing world, handloom weaving is most often an occupation for men and one that isn't usually her ...

Emergent Christian Cliches to Avoid
Originally Posted: 11/08/2012 - 5:09pm | Type: Blog

I offer you a list of things emergent Christians can and should strike from our daily lexicon. Following the creation of my first five articles in this ongoing series about Christ ...

Hershey's Fair Trade Announcement is Bliss
Originally Posted: 02/06/2012 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

We missed this announcement last week, but it’s good news and so it’s worth going back a few days for! There was good news for ethical chocolate lovers last week when Hershey’s announced a number of measures t ...

Transforming Lives, One Cup of Coffee at a Time
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 3:52pm | Type: Blog

Fight global poverty, invest in agriculture. ~ Growers First As the winter winds bite at our collars, a hot cup of coffee is a perfect antidote for healing. But what you might not consider when you sip a mug ...

The Morning News: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/30/2011 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 REUTERS: Private Sector Adds 206,000 Jobs In November The pace of job growth in the economy's private sector accelerated in N ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Tuesday Nov. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/16/2011 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

Looking at reality TV’s latest sensation: All American Muslim, stories of Missouri's Chocolate University harvesting more than cocoa beans, exploring the terms behind the latest anti-bullying legislation, ...

Halloween Treats Can Be Tricky: The Ethics of Chocolate
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

There are plenty of big things for us to worry about in America right now. Occupy Wall Street movement is spreading quickly across North America and around the world. There ...

An Interview With Nadia Bolz-Weber
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nadia Bolz-Weber likes to have both tradition and innovation happening at the same time in House for All Sinners and Saints, a mission church she founded in Denver, Colorado, that's part of the Evan ...

Friday Links Round Up: Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 10:36pm | Type: Blog

Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Tomatoes. Uganda. Fair Trade. Here's a little round up ...

Support Farmworkers this Lent: Fast for Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100307-ciw-farmworkers1.jpg"></a>Will you be giving up chocolate for Lent? Coffee? Then why not fast for justice? Why not abstain from shopp ...

This Christmas, Do We Go Local, Fair Trade, or Make Our Own?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Christmas is a month away and Christmas music is already playing, guaranteeing that by the time the season actually arrives, we will be so heartily sick of it that we take no notice -- and in the p ...

10 Happy Little Earth Day Tips and Your Best Ideas Too!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. People all over this little planet will likely take a few moments this week to thing twice about how their daily routines impact this world. ...

What the Heck is 'Social Justice'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Today I was interviewed by a sociology student who wanted to know more about "social justice." I was happy to talk to her. Today I was interviewed by a sociology student ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

Greening the Winter Games
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This time of year I find myself humming the Olympic anthem throughout the day. The Vancouver games run Feb. 12-28; it is time to start dreaming of mogul runs and bobsled victories. For some reason I h ...

'Stand up for Christmas'?!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Here's a post from one of my favorite blogs titled, <em><a href="http://dritta.wordpress.com/2009/12/12/stand-up-for-christmas/" target="_blank">'Stand Up for Christma ...

Fair Trade Christmas Lists and Links
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

So the stores are playing Christmas music and down here in Texas the highs are only the 70s and 80s, so the holiday season must be upon us. So the stores are playing Christmas mus ...

Labor Day Weekend Ironies: What Do Child Labor and S'mores Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away. Last Monday, our family, like millions of other ...

Shopping Green Without Spending in the Red
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Organic strawberries were $5.99 the other day at our local grocer. $5.99! Their more toxic twins, the non-organic variety, were on ...

Put Down the Bottle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not a complete locavore purist, at least not yet. I do eat things shipped from the other side of the world, such as ginger, or (fair trade) chocolate. But <em>water</em>? ...

Wal-Mart's Big Green Claim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Well color me happy (as the saying goes): Wal-Mart just released a big claim to be greening up its act. But what does their claim really mean and how do we define what corporate green looks like anywa ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

Rwanda's Hopes and Challenges 15 Years After the Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. Today the world is remembering Rwanda and the genocide that started there 15 years ago. As ...

2nd Sunday of Lent: Bringing Everyone to the Table
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Bible readings from the Revised Common Lectionary: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38<br /> </em> Bible readings from the Revi ...

Greener Gatherings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after Obama was sworn in as president, Trinity Institute launched its annual conference titled <a href="http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/education/?institute-default">"Radical Abun ...

Holy Land Holidays
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Thanks to the folks at <a href="http://www.simpleliving.org">Alternatives for Simple Living</a>, I've been refocusing how I celebrate the Christmas holidays. ...

A Delicious Peace
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Amy Spaulding In 2003, Ugandan Jewish coffee farmer J.J. Keki asked h ...

Fomenting a Fair Trade Chocolate Revolution
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

During a recent trip to Seattle, I took a tour of <a href="http://www.theochocolate.com/">Theo Chocolate</a>, the first and only organic and fair trade chocolate factory in the United Sta ...

Growing Pains
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Patty Kupfer Keeping fair trade fair. Ask the nearly 600 members of the CIRSA coffee cooperative in the mounta ...

More U.S. Fair Trade
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Janet Dorman I was pleased to see your special May 2007 issue on trade justice and applaud your coverage of fair trade. ...

Real Product: Freedom Ale!
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez Freedom Ale! Freedom Ale! W ...

The Women of Juarez Take a Message to the Bishop
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger The narcotraficante commanded me in gestures, take off your blouse. Then he jerked it, scattering buttons— smooth ...

A Case Study in the Possible
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon How Britain's Traidcraft went from church hall to the London Stock Exchange, without losing the faith. ...

World Market 101
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg Understanding the perils and promise of international trade. Includes Web Exclusive: List of additional readings and re ...

Not Just Heavenly, It's Divine
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Dan Nejfelt Balancing the scales with justly traded chocolate. On a snowy night in February, Comfort Kumeah, a ...

What Would Yeshua Wear?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger A Bethlehem factory produces fair trade clothing by unionizing workers. American business ...

Entering the Fair Trade Zone
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 9:35am | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon The Scottish district of East Renfrewshire has—along with towns, villages, schools, and more than 1,000 churches throughout ...

Check Please!
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 4:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Cathleen Hockman-Wert Our long-distance food system provides choice - but at what cost? When global food short ...

The Tao Of Dumpster Diving
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 4:47pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Beiler Why scavenge? You get a lot of really good food that's really, really free. “What is this—som ...

Blessing the Hands That Harvest
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank How consumers and farm workers together can make a better meal. Bumper stickers found in ...

News Bites
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger •Dish it Up. The employees of Windows on the World restaurant, which was destroyed in the Sept. ...

Not A Fair Trade
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:29am | Type: Magazine Article

Elizabeth Palmberg The Bush administration's trade strategy is in trouble. Countries in t ...

Java Justice
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Celeste Kennel-Shank The difference that fair trade makes. In the harvest months of December and January, ope ...