General Synod Statements: Fair Trade Coffee

The 2004 General Synod adopted a resolution “to encourage RCA congregations to use fair trade and/or organic coffee and encourage individual members to do the same in their homes.” They affirmed that:

Of course, churches do not want to intentionally participate in the destruction of God’s creation or the abuse of the poor. In the face of these discouraging realities, what can a church do? There are simple steps that can be taken, which make a big difference. Churches can be intentional about which coffee they purchase and use. Alternative coffees that keep the poor and the environment in mind are becoming more available.

Fair trade coffee may cost more, but churches and individual Christians can see their coffee purchasing as a missional opportunity, gladly paying more for a product that benefits the poor. (MGS 2004: 314-315)