At Fourth Presbyterian Church, we believe that through mission outreach, we can serve our brothers and sisters in need, sharing in their struggles and hopes and working together for a world of compassion, peace, and justice.
Mission is essential to what it means to be church. As followers of Christ we are called to love our neighbors in ways that proclaim the good news of the gospel. Fourth Presbyterian Church has claimed the call to reach out in many meaningful ways. Our outreach efforts include bringing hope and relieving suffering through compassionate service, building partnerships with people in other countries, advocating for justice and peace, and sharing God’s unconditional love for all persons. As we give we also receive and are blessed by neighbors in our city and around the world.
Fair Trade Gift Bazaar
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7
9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room
Africa Circle of Hope
African Team Ministries
Alternative Gifts International
Chicago Fair Trade
Five Loaves Two Fishes
Light and Leadership
Partners for Just Trade
Sobu Artist Project
Ten Thousand Villages
Tree of Life Imports
Save the date for the annual Fair Trade Gift Bazaar on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7!
From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both days, Anderson Hall and Borwell Dining Room will be filled with handcrafted merchandise, including jewelry, folk art, toys, textiles, and more.
Groups in more than thirty countries benefit from the proceeds of this bazaar, making it possible for them to earn a fair wage for their labors. The sales at last year’s bazaar supported more than forty families with a year’s income, allowing them to in turn provide food, housing, education, and health care for their families.
What is Fair Trade?
Fair trade is a competitive business model that builds equitable, long-term partnerships between consumers in North America and producers in developing regions. It seeks to alleviate poverty and sustain development, creating opportunities for producers who have been marginalized by the conventional trading system.
Why Fair Trade?
The annual income of the richest 1 percent worldwide is equal to the combined income of the poorest 57 percent. Each day 24,000 people die from poverty and malnutrition.
Principles of Fair Trade businesses are to:
- Pay a fair wage in the local context
- Offer employees opportunities for advancement
- Provide equal opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged
- Emphasize gender equality
- Engage in environmentally sustainable practices
- Practice transparent and accountable business procedures
- Build long-term trade relationships
- Provide healthy and safe working conditions within the local context
- Provide financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible.
We hope you’ll mark your calendars and come shop for a difference!
For more information about Mission at Fourth Church,
contact Vicky Curtiss, Associate Pastor for Mission (312.981.3598).