The second bit of news concerns Fairtrade. A&B is a recognized Fairtrade diocese and there are now a couple of ways in which parishes and clergy can directly support this. The first is a Fairtrade Communion Wine produced by Los Robles in Chile who make other Fairtrade wines stocked by leading Supermarkets. I have tried it and I think it is very acceptable as a communion wine. It does of course meet canonical standards. It can be obtained from Whitebridge Wines via their special website http://www.poterionfairtrade.co.uk/.
The second is another new venture offering Fairtrade clerical shirts. The cotton for the shirts, which are currently only available in black (what other colour would you want!) is grown in Africa and the shirts themselves are made in Mauritius. Is the next thing Fairtrade cassocks? Find out how to order by visiting the website http://www.fairtradeclergyshirts.co.uk/
Have a joyful weekend!
'O that today you would listen to his voice, harden not your hearts' (Ps 94)