Stewardship & Giving
Did you know we will throw away 8 million pumpkins this week?
Globally, we waste around a third of all food produced for consumption. In a world where many go hungry, these wasteful food cycles are a damning indictment of our ability to love our neighbour. Recently in the UK there have been a number of succesful campaigns that have starte to reduce food waste, however it's estimated that the average UK family still throws away £470 worth of food each year.
- 50 million chickens wasted annually
- 100 million pints of milk tipped down the drain
- 240,000 tonnes of food wasted by UK supermarkets
This level of food waste cannot continue and it is our calling as Christians to ensure that we are being good stewards of the world around us, including how we manage, produce, and purchase foodstuffs.
Click on the images below to find out more about how you can make a difference.
Below are a selection of great recipes and 'how to' guides for making the most of your pumpkins.
Financial Stewardship is much more than just how we give to our local parish church, it's also how we use our finances in all of our lives. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that the way we spend our money can have a big affect on how others experience the world, and as Christians we should be looking for ways that we can honour and worship God in every purchase we make.
- Which companies do you buy products from?
- Do they pay the Living Wage?
- Do they uphold labour rights?
- Do they create sustainable supply chains?
- Do they manipulate global capitalist markets to avoid paying tax?
- Do we know if the people making our goods have been treated fairly and paid an appropriate amount?
- Do we know what age those people are?
Slavery is a big problem in the world today with over 45 million people trapped in some form of slavery worldwide. In the UK alone there are likely to be tens of thousands of people caught in slavery and these are people that we will come in to contact with in our daily lives. The Clewer Initiative enables dioceses and other church networks to create strategies for detecting and highlighting modern day slavery, helping with victim support and care.
Could your church take a lead in standing up for people in your parish and around the world who are underpaid or exploited by their employer?
If you want to know more about the The Clewer Intiative click on the image to visit their website.