At Westminster we believe that we can make a difference with what we buy and the products we use. To this end, Westminster’s Middle East Peace Initiative actively supports products that empower the people of Palestine. To that end, we offer olive oil soap for purchase, made by villagers of Zababdeh, Palestine, where we have a sister church, St. George Melchite Greek Church.
Canaan Fair Trade uses the fair trade concept to empower marginalized Palestinian rural communities caught in conflict so they can sustain their livelihoods and culture. To that end, we have built direct working relationships with these communities, paying sustainable prices for their agricultural products to ensure fair wages for labor along the supply chain.
The offering of these products is done with the spirit of our Missions firmly in mind as stated from the inspiration of the prophet Micah:
-To do justice: We will act in solidarity with and speak on behalf of peoples deprived of their human rights, dispossessed of material well being and suffering from violence.
-To love kindness and mercy: We will provide assistance to the weary, hungry and broken; and work for peace and reconciliation in the world.
-To walk humbly with God: We will venerate the earth and its bounty and will strive for equitable sharing and sustainability of God’s world with all peoples - locally, nationally and internationally.