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The Basilica to Host Fair Trade Market

Shop ethically this Christmas and ensure your purchases provide fair wages and safe working conditions for the artisans and farmers producing the items. Join us in the Teresa of Calcutta Hall on The Basilica's Lower Level this Sunday, December 7, from 8:30am - 6:30pm to shop our annual Fair Traded Market.  Local vendors who work with global communities will be on hand with soup, olive oil, coffee, weavings, mittens, scarves and much more.

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This is wonderful that you are having an annual Fair Trade event. This is one way to head towards a solution to the following information:

The NIV life Application Study Bible, when discussing the content of Micah, states “Micah predicted ruin for all nations and leaders who were oppressive toward others. The upper classes oppressed and exploited the poor. Yet no one was speaking against them or doing anything to stop them. God will not put up with such injustice”.

Please take ten minutes of your time to prayerfully view the enclosed videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWSxzjyMNpU

Earnestly pray about how the church, starting in Minneapolis, can be on the front lines in making a change.

Isaiah 1:17 – “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause”.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Some Suggestions:

1. Pray. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective”. James 5:16

2. Preach truths in the face of lies. We are not entitled to the American dream.

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many." Matthew 20:28 NLT

3. Stand as a church together against evil, seeking wisdom, gifts and talents from the body of Christ. There are organizations we can join. We can stand as a unified church, working together. Give your suggestions.

4. Make one small step forward.

julie@complacencytocompassion.org

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