Starbucks respond

A while ago I emailed Starbucks to welcome their move to Fairtrade espresso, this is their reply “Dear Mr WhittallThank you for taking the time to contact Starbucks. Please know that we really appreciate hearing from you and value your support of our move to 100% Fairtrade certified espresso. This year we’re also doubling our purchases of Fairtrade certified coffee making Starbucks the largest purchaser of Fairtrade coffee in the world. This move will benefit tens of thousands of coffee farmers by providing them with a fair price for their…

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Church merger: Questions we're asking

So where are we up to in this church merger business? Well the good news is that recently the members of The Grange Free Church voted unanimously to merge with North Shrewsbury Community Church. That’s the easy bit done and now the hard work really begins! The reality is that deciding to walk down a particular path is a far cry from making the journey a successful and there’s a lot of hard work ahead. However we’re excited by this and believe this vote is just further confirmation that this…

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Posts of the Week (25/09/09)

Read Mark’s post on Care for Creation to Care for the Poor I had a discussion with Peter on whether consumerism is new My friend Gareth links to a very cool bit of guitar playing If you haven’t read The Screwtape Letters you should, and this audio production of it with Andy Serkis sounds great Will Willimon ponders on the questions of Christians as Consumers or Disciples? Josh Harris posted this poem by Isaac Watts which I thought was pretty good Tim Challies on parenting here is great. I love…

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What you've been reading (24/09/09)

Tim Chester reviews You are the treasure that I seek by Greg Dutcher Mark Meynell reflects on Tim Keller’s The Prodigal God and he’s also read America Empire of Liberty by David Reynolds Inhabitat review Just Food by James E. McWilliams McFlurry has read Out of the Storm by Christopher Ash Challies has read Gospel Powered Parenting by William Farley Jeremy has read The Diversity of Life by E O Wilson Adrian Warnock lists some things you can do to help an author (in this case him) sell their book

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Articles 

Reduce submarines but keep the nuclear weapons: Huh?

So Gordon Brown has offered to cut the number of nuclear submarines operated by the Royal Navy from 4 to 3. This is quite smart as the PM can seen to be a statesman and at the same time be seen to deal with the massive financial problem he has helped create. I am in favour of reducing our nuclear weapons to zero. Only this isn’t what the PM appears to be proposing, he’s just proposing we have less submarines. We’ll still have 160 nuclear warheads. So far the Lib…

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What's important to me politically? Social Justice

I’m thinking through the issues that are important to me in choosing a political party, I’m not sure if I’m doing them in order of importance but the first one I thought of was social justice, so I guess that’s near the top for me. I want a government (and by extension political party) that prioritises care for the poor, that thinks seriously about domestic and international poverty. I’d want a clear commitment to reach the UN target of 0.7% GDP being given in international aid not sometime in the…

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