In 2002, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) partnered with Equal Exchange to launch a denomination-wide program: the UMCOR Coffee Project. This partnership enabled United Methodist congregations and individuals to buy coffee and other Equal Exchange fair-trade items through UMCOR. These contributions support UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture & Development programs.

The purpose of the fair-trade program was to develop a way for the average consumer or congregation to help alleviate poverty in communities around the world by addressing some of poverty’s root causes. Incorporating a fair-trade, fair-wage system as a consumer choice and an exercise of individual purchasing power helps bring a just profit to both labor and manufacturers. It encourages the creation of necessary and beneficial goods, while guiding consumers away from products whose manufacturers exploit workers or harm the environment.

As part of the Wesleyan tradition, United Methodists are encouraged to support social justice even in their buying choices, choosing products whose manufacturing practices do not contribute to the root causes of poverty. Such choices can positively impact the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.

When you purchase fair trade products through Messiah, a portion goes to support UMCOR’s Sustainable Agriculture and Development Program in Africa through the Small Farmer Fund.

Fair Trade coffee and chocolate is available in the church office.  For more information on Fair Trade Coffee visit