Diocese of Manchester

“With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their futures and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.”  The Fairtrade Foundation
Fairtrade stall at diocesan roadshow 2016
Fairtrade stall at diocesan roadshow 2016

The story so far

In 2006 more than half of our churches committed to buying and selling only Fairtrade tea and coffee. Manchester became a Fairtrade Diocese, a sign of support for the farmers who grow our food but do not get paid properly and of a Gospel-inspired commitment to justice for the poor.

Ten years later commitment and enthusiasm remain strong. Our churches buy and sell a wide range of Fairtrade goods, organise events, join campaigns, and seek to learn from the people directly affected. They bring their longing for justice to the heart of prayer and worship.

The next chapter

Work for Fairtrade and trade justice is still needed. Recent political changes have created uncertainty about international trade and the effect on workers in the poorest countries. Meanwhile climate change and the global refugee crisis pose new threats. It is more important than ever to listen, learn and speak up on behalf of vulnerable producers, workers and their families.

Getting involved

If you would like to know more, an informal group tasked with promoting Fairtrade within Manchester Diocese can provide advice on becoming a Fairtrade church and suggestions for speakers and resources. The group, known as Just Change, works closely with the Diocesan Environmental Officer, John Hughes, and with Christian Aid.

Fairtrade logo

Christian Aid prayer for Fair Trade

As I enter the street market
Wheel my trolley at the superstore
Leaf through a catalogue, or log on to the internet:
Be with me and help me
When I spend money
Be with me and help me
To see the market place as you see it
As wide as the world you love so much.
Be with us and help us
To share the markets we share
For all people.
As we live under your steady gaze,
So we can change, by your gracious love.
Amen

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
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90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400