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Peter Buck

Reflections on Fair Trade and Immigration

How do your fellow parishioners react when you propose fairly traded coffee for sale or fellowship hour? Do you get a yawn, or a pat on the back, but not much support? Do you quote Matthew 25, Luke 10 or Laudato Si’ to no avail? In his book on church…

Making the Oil of Chrism with Justice

Every year on Tuesday in Holy Week, the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of California gather at Grace Cathedral to renew their ordination vows and receive newly blessed oils for healing and baptism. The oil they receive is the “Oil of Chrism,” a mixture of olive oil, cinnamon, cassia, calamus…

Equal Exchange Speech At Nuns On The Bus Rally

In July, the “Nuns on the Bus” let loose again, starting in Wisconsin in mid-July, and hitting towns and cities—and congressional offices—in the northeast, on the way to both the Republican and Democratic conventions to challenge public officials and candidates to “Mend the Gaps…

Solidarity In The Coffee Leaf Rust Crisis

It’s bad enough that small coffee farmers get peanuts for their beans, and face natural and human disasters like unusual hurricanes or gang violence. The latest crisis to burden them is a fungus called coffee leaf rust, which causes blemishes on a coffee plants’ leaves, damaging the health and…

Roots Of Catholic Social Teaching

Peter Buck is a Senior Representative of the Interfaith & Community Sales program at Equal Exchange. This blog post is part of an ongoing series of reflections on the relationship between Fair Trade and Catholic teachings. Pope Francis’ trip to Mexico, and particularly his visit to the state of…

An Appreciation Of The Pope’s Encyclical Letter On The Environment

There’s excitement here at Equal Exchange about Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, “Laudato Si’ (Praise Be): Care for our Common Home.” In the Pope’s encyclical, he makes a powerful call for urgent action on climate change and environmental pollution. These issues are of paramount importance to…