Green Churches organic and fair trade coffee

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True to our mission as an environmental organization, the Green Curches Network  offers you the chance to make the world a greener and more equitable place. Through our partnership with Santropol coffee roasters, located in Montreal, we can provide you with our own blend of fair trade gourmet coffee. 

With every cup of our fair trade organic coffee, you help Canadian churches reduce their ecological footprint and make sure small-scale organic coffee producers in Latin America receive a fair price for their product.

This coffee is a blend of coffees: Peru, Guatemala, Bolivia and Nicaragua. 

 

Peru

Guatemala

Bolivia

Nicaragua

North-West Coffee Producers Central

 

 

'One Voice' Association of Chajul

 

 

Agricultural Coffee Producers Cooperative of San Juan

Organic Certified Coffee producer of Las Segovias

 

 

 

  

 

The Green Churches Network is proud to offer a fair trade coffee certified by the Small Producers symbol (SPP.coop). The first and only Fair Trade system created and governed by the small producers of South America. Here is why we prefer SPP:

 

  1. Minimum sustainable prices payable to producers by buyers are significantly higher than in the old system (in the case of organic coffee, now $2.20/lb as compared to $1.90).
  2. Administrative costs and fees payable to the foundation by producers are less than a quarter of the amount currently assessed by the old system.
  3. Administrative costs and fees payable to the foundation by buyers are less than half of the amount currently assessed by the old system.
  4. One third of all fees paid to the Foundation are to be reinvested in participating producer cooperatives.
  5. Inspections of producer cooperatives are performed in a respectful, supportive and consultative spirit by locally accredited and trained organic certifiers.
  6. Privately-owned plantations are not eligible for entry into the system

 "Jesus said: The worker deserves his wages" (Luke 7:10)

 

 To order our Green Churches coffee:

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       (or in Montreal: 450-490-6464)

 

 

 

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Retrospective of the 10th Anniversary Gala

 

  

            The 10th anniversary Gala of the Green Churches Network held on June 3rd was a great success thanks to the presence of some 90 guests at the gala who had the pleasure of partaking of delicious gastronomic meal while being entertained by the magician, Marc Trudel and the pianist, David Summer-Hays. The evening began with a short retrospective of the Green Churches project, with illustrated reports and a video presenting the 50 registered churches.

      

The guests were welcomed by Rev. Patricia Lisson, of Saint Columba house, who spoke of her involvement in the Green Churches Network. The rest of the evening was hosted by Norman Lévesque, the current director and founder of the organization. He retraced the beginning of the project 10 years ago, where it started with a small partnership of churches who wanted to reduce their ecological footprint. The reports highlighted some parishes who undertook different initiatives en route to becoming “Green Churches”.

Bishop Raymond Poisson, of Joliette, commented the following: “My impression is very positive. The evening highlighting the 10 years of existence of the Green Churches Network has underlined the timeliness of the mission of the church, the nature of its work, its dedication to ecumenism and the freshness of its youth”. The Green Churches Network had the honour of welcoming a federal member of parliament during the evening. Mr. Angelo Iacono shared a few words of encouragement as MP of Alfred Pellan riding (in Laval, where the national office of the Green Churches Network is located). All guests joined in the wish expressed by the pioneer of Eco-theology, Fr. André Beauchamp that the Green Churches Network continues for many years to come.

The gala demonstrated that the Green Churches Network indeed has the wind in its sails. The immediate goal is to increase the number of registered churches from coast to coast from various Christian denominations. Its mission of spirituality, education and environmental action has not changed since the beginning, and remains firmly rooted in the Bible, the primary source of inspiration.

                                                

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It is here! The Encyclical on Ecology has been published by Pope Francis, the first in history. The Green Churches Network has produced educational tools that present the highlights of this Church teaching. How will you share the encyclical with your faith community?

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Earth Walk, on Sunday April 21, 2013

in collaboration with 21avril.org

Join with the members of the Green Church Program, as the church folk we are, to commemorate Earth Day on April 22nd. To show our solidarity with those who care for Creation, here are two ways of getting involved:

 

bell1. Ring the bells of the church for two minutes at 2pm to sound the alarm of the urgency of the ecological crisis, as advocated by artists like Margie Gillis and Gilles Vigneault.

2. Participate in a walkor gathering in your region.  Come with your Green Church posters, your cross around your neck and your smile to light the way. You could also take a picture of your congrergation outside the church to show the support of the whole Church community during Earth Day.

 

Resources for Churches on this page:

  • Posters to download for a march or gathering,
  • ideas for the homily inspired by the readings of that Sunday.
  • Read the declaration; sign the petition.

 

Posters to download

For a gathering or for the walls of your church

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Suggestion: After printing, mount them on cardboard and attach a stick at the back.

 

 

Homilies & Preaching

inspiring for Earth Day

  • By reverend Barry Mack, presbyterian pastor, click here.
  • By reverend Charlie West, methodist pastor, click here.
  • By reverend David Fines, pastor of the United Church of Canada, click here.
  • By reverend Gwenda Wells, anglican priest, click here.
  • By father Jean-Claude Bergeron, roman catholic priest, click here. (French)

 

Read the Declaration and sign the petition

Please visit 22avril.org

 

 

CANADIAN INTERFAITH

CALL FOR LEADERSHIP AND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

October 25, 2011

Climate change: the spiritual roots of a crisis


1. We, representatives of Canadian faith communities, are united in our conviction that the growing crisis of climate change needs to be met by solutions that draw upon the moral and spiritual resources of the world’s religious traditions. We recognize that at its root the unprecedented human contribution to climate change is symptomatic of a spiritual deficit: excessive self-interest, destructive competition, and greed have given rise to unsustainable patterns of production and consumption. Humanity’s relationship with the environment has become distorted by actions that compromise the welfare of future generations of life.

2. Our faith traditions and sacred texts call upon us all – individuals, civil society, businesses, industry, and governments – to consider the spiritual dimensions of the crisis of ocean and climate change; to take stock of our collective behaviour; to transform cultures of consumerism and waste into cultures of sustainability; and to respect the balance between economic activity and environmental stewardship. The November 29-December 9, 2011, 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) conference in South Africa has the
potential to be a transition point – where we, as a global community, change how we think and act to address climate change.

Values for a sustainable economy


3. The world’s religious traditions teach us to look beyond ourselves – individually and collectively, now and for future generations – as we confront the crisis of ocean and climate change, and to reflect on our choices and decisions. We see people as more than consumers with unlimited appetites. The foundations for a sustainable economy include the values of restraint, cooperation, and reciprocity. We believe we must work together in transforming cultures of self-interest and unprecedented consumption into cultures of justice for all.

4. All religious traditions uphold the nobility of the human spirit, calling on us to seek moderation and service to the common good. Such a vision empowers individuals to take responsibility for relationships with each other and our planet. Indeed, our everyday choices about food, transportation, clothing and entertainment are all practical expressions of what we value. At the same time, disconnections between our professed beliefs and our daily actions indicate our need for personal and collective awareness and transformation. We need to seek coherence between our beliefs and our actions, so that our lives and consumption habits reflect our relationship with the rest of humanity and the Earth itself.

The challenge of climate justice


5. Climate change is a planetary crisis that knows no borders. Some countries are far more adversely affected by climate change than others as they experience major changes in weather patterns. They know the impact of rising seas and erosion of lands, leading to drought or flooding. These countries are most often among the poorest and least equipped to respond. 

6. Many countries are suffering from the long-term consequences of unrestrained carbon emissions that damage the atmosphere. We believe all nations need to adopt energy policies that result in actual emission reductions to a fair and safe global level. Organizations, businesses, and individuals have similar duties to reduce their emissions. For high-income nations such as Canada, justice demands that our governments shoulder a greater share of the economic burden of adaptation and mitigation – first and foremost, because of access to greater means, but also because of an historic role in contributing to its causes. We have a moral imperative to act.

A call for leadership and action


7. We call for leadership to put the long-term interest of humanity and the planet ahead of short-term economic and national concerns. The teachings of our faiths tell us that the best interests of one group or nation are served by pursuing the best interests of all. There is one human family and one Earth that is our common homeland. Climate change is a global crisis and requires global solutions that put the well-being of all people first – especially the most vulnerable. Furthermore, our environment is the natural source of our wealth and the home of millions of species for which we are planetary stewards. How long can we barter this priceless inheritance for the promise of growing economic returns?

8. In our neighbourhoods and communities, in businesses and organizations, we need to change wasteful patterns of production and consumption. This calls for a cultural transformation that brings the values of sustainability to the forefront of public consciousness – and into more responsible practices. We cannot wait for others to act but instead must lead by example. Religious organizations, public institutions, and businesses all have important roles to play in promoting ethical consumption and more sustainable lifestyles and practices in their everyday operations.

9. We speak respectfully to our political leaders, who have been entrusted with authority by Canadians. We ask that you act with due regard for the values of both religion and science, looking objectively on the problems confronting our planet. Climate science points to a future of greater instability and unpredictability, problems that can be addressed by action today. We stand ready to work alongside you to promote a future of security, prosperity, and justice – for humankind, and the whole of creation.

10. As you carry out your responsibilities at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17), we urge you to honour the values we have described and adopt the following policy goals:
• in the spirit of global solidarity, take collective action by signing and implementing a binding international agreement replacing the Kyoto Protocol that 
emissions and set fair and clear targets to ensure that global average temperatures stay below a 2° Celsius increase from pre-industrial levels;
• demonstrate national responsibility by committing to national carbon emission targets and a national renewable energy policy designed to achieve sustainability; and 
• implement climate justice, by playing a constructive role in the design of the Green Climate Fund under United Nations governance, and by contributing public funds to assist the poorest and most affected countries to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.

We believe these to be practical and critical measures necessary to secure the well-being of the planet for future generations of life.




Signatories include representatives of the: Anglican Church of Canada, Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada, Canadian Council of Imams, Quakers, Ethiopian Orthodox Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Federation of Hindu Temples of Canada, Mennonite Church Canada, Bahá'ís, Presbyterian Church in Canada, United Church of Canada, Citizens for Public Justice, Faith and the Common Good, and KAIROS.

 

PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release

 

Shale gas:

a question of respect for the people of Quebec and the earth they inhabit

 


Montreal, February 25, 2011
 - The Ecumenical Network for Justice and Peace (ROJeP) expresses its deep concern about the exploration and exploitation of shale gas, and its refusal to give in to the pressures put by the industry lobbies on public decisions. We do so because of the dangers posed to the environment and to the health of Quebec citizens. It is our ethical conviction that the right of people to their wellbeing and to the health of their territory should take precedence over privileges granted to industry by the state. To show contempt to the land is to despise the people that inhabit this land. "We are together in this, the Earth and I, flank to flank" (Gaston Miron, L'Homme rapaillé).
An increasingly well-documented and broad consensus points to the many problems and major hazards of the exploitation of shale gas: its use and pollution of millions of litres of water injected into the earth; toxic chemicals of which only 40-60 % are recovered; contaminants leaking into the water table; hazardous gases such as radon and methane; industrial intrusions into the best agricultural land; and delays in the development of non-fossil alternative energies. Quebec citizens ought to be made aware that this industry will be profitable only if it is intensive. A major change in the management of our common resources has been made without notice or adequate public debate. We share the indignation of a growing number of citizens and organizations about this lack of transparency. We deplore the government's refusal of a democratic demand for a moratorium, one that would demonstrate commitment to the wellbeing of the people and the integrity of their territory. Instead of recognizing the possible and known risks of shale gas, industry and government have tried to push forward blindly in the name of so-called "economic development", whose benefits fall first and foremost to corporations and investors, not to the people and not to our land. This is why we are calling for the immediate cessation of exploration activities and support the demand for a moratorium to allow time for a proper consideration of the facts. This is all the more urgent considering that analyses of shale gas impacts in other areas have led to a complete ban.
Quebec has the potential to be a world leader in renewable energy, but needs the political will to do so. The economy should serve humanity and the earth that is our home. Decisions should be made with communities' free, prior and informed consent. Réseau oecuménique Justice et Paix (ROJeP) is composed of organizations rooted in the Christian faith and committed to promoting justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

 

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ORGANIZATIONAL ENDORSEMENTS
1. Bureau de justice sociale des Soeurs de Ste Anne (BJS-SSA)
2. Carrefour de participation, ressourcement et formation (CPRF)
3. Centre culturel chrétien de Montréal (CCCM)
4. Centre de formation sociale Marie-Gérin-Lajoie
5. Centre justice et foi
6. Comité de solidarité sociale Sainte-Croix
7. Comité Justice Québec de la Conférence religieuse canadienne
8. Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine (CDHAL)
9. Commission justice, paix et intégrité de la création (Petites Soeurs de l'Assomption)
10. Conférence religieuse canadienne (CRC)
11. Conseil des églises pour la justice et la criminologie
12. Développement et paix
13. Fondation Béati
14. Groupe de théologie contextuelle du Québec (GTCQ)
15. Groupe Solidarité Justice
16. Groupe Solidarité Justice SNJM (Soeurs des Saints Noms de Jésus et Marie)
17. Jeunesse du Monde
18. Justice écologie tendresse (JET)
19. L’Entraide missionnaire
20. Mouvement des Travailleurs Chrétiens (MTC)
21. Pastorale Sociale du Diocèse de Montréal
22. Pastorale sociale du Diocèse de Saint-Hyacinthe
23. Pastorale sociale du Diocèse de Valleyfield
24. Green Church Program - Canadian Centre for Ecumenism
25. Service de promotion humaine du Diocèse de Saint-Jean-Longueuil
26. Société religieuse des amis (Quaker)
27. Table diocésaine des agents et agentes de pastorale sociale de secteurs (Montréal)

 

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

Wednesday, February 10th 2010

 

The First Green Church Conference gathered 150 people in Montréal

 

Montréal - The Green Church Project (GCP) is a new and exciting ecumenical venture. GCP aims to empower congregations and ministry sites in adopting environmentally aware practices and foster a Christian spirituality closer to nature.

 

The Green Church Project Team launched an invitation to believers from diverse denominations to the First Green Church Conference. It was held on Tuesday February 9th in Saint-Charles Catholic Church in Pointe-Saint-Charles in Montréal. Approximately 150 enthusiastic individuals devoted to ecology from the Catholic, Anglican, Orthodox and United Churches, responded to this invitation.

 

“It was a real success, said Norman Lévesque, coordinator of GCP and initiator of the gathering. We see by this response that the time had come for such a gathering. Our common vision is to combine theological reflection and concrete actions in order to mend this planet.”

 

Special guests and Church leaders attended the event : two Catholic bishops, one Anglican bishop and several clergy from various Churches. The Moderator of the United Church, Mardi Tindal, who ran a very well-received blog during the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change last December, was also present electronically;  Moderator Tindal offerred a video- taped message of congratulations to all. The Québec Minister of Environment, Line Beauchamp, could not attend as promised because of a last-minute delay, but sent her greetings that were read at the opening of the Conference.

 

The Green Church Pilot Project started in spring 2008, helping United Church faith communities, get involved in environmental protection. From the energy efficiency of religious building to liturgical prayers, through environment campaigns, the green teams in several communities began transforming Stewardship of creation into a reality. 

 

2009 was the year of ecumenical outreach, as the GCP extended its network to other Christian denominations. From Eco-fairs to energy audits for their religious building and community gardens, all those new activities that parishes and ministry sites have undertaken are very impressive.

 

We saw that several congregational members felt isolated and they really wanted and needed to share with others their experiences, as well as listening and learning from others, added Norman Lévesque. That’s how the idea of a Green Church Conference came to our mind, an idea that seemed a little bet crazy at the beginning - but the Conference invites us to expand our imagination.”

 

The Conference was fully bilingual. After the opening address by André Beauchamp, well-know Catholic theologian, environmentalist and author, the participants were invited to join in various workshops under themes such as : Recycling and energy efficiency, Geothermal energy, Composting and community gardens, Eco-Artisan Fair and the Covenant with Creation and Stewardship Environment.

 

The First Green Church Conference  closed with an ecumenical celebration led by clergy from Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and United Churches. Participants returned home with the common desire to continue this demanding yet rewarding Christian journey - the journey that calls us to be good stewards of all creation.

 

 

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David Fines

United Church of Canada

(514)284-1675

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Ring Church Bells on December 13, 2009

Let the bells ring 350 times for climate justice!

 
 
Thanks to Derek Conlon from CTV for a great report on Ringing Bells.  
 

clochesSince immemorial times in cultures across the world musical instruments like bells and drums have been used to warn people of imminent danger – but also to call people to religious service, marking important moments in worship and seeking to connect to God.

Sunday 13 December, 2009, marks the height of the talks at United Nations climate negotiations in Copenhagen.

At 3 p.m.  – marking the end of a high profile ecumenical celebration at the Lutheran Cathedral in Copenhagen, the Church of Our Lady – the churches in Denmark will ring their bells, and Christians around the world are invited to echo them by sounding their own bells, shells, drums, gongs or horns 350 times.

We envisage a chain of chimes and prayers stretching in a time-line from the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific – where the day first begins and where the effects of climate change are already felt today – to northern Europe and across the globe.

Why 350 times?

 

350 refers to 350 parts per million: This is the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere according to many scientists, climate experts, and progressive national governments. For all of human history until about 200 years ago, our atmosphere contained 275 ppm of CO2, but now the concentration stands at 390 ppm.  Unless we are able to rapidly reduce CO2 levels again, we risk reaching tipping points and irreversible impacts such as the melting of the Greenland ice sheet and major methane releases from increased permafrost melt.

Learn more facts on climate change.

This mobilisation has an out-reach that goes further than the religious field. The event "Interfaith Call for 350" is one of the hundreds actions by the teams of 350.org : visit them on the Web and learn about their previous events... and the next one that will be held on October 10th, 2010 (10.10.10).

 

Source: World Concil of Churches

 

 

The Sound of 350 from 350 Faith on Vimeo.