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Fairtrade Gold - The Best Gold Story in the World. - Greg Valerio
This article was first published in the Eco-congregations newsletter http://ew.ecocongregation.org/files/newsletter/EC_Winter_2013.pdf And the street of the city is gold as transparent as glass Rev 21 v 21b NRSV The trouble with this time of year is from early November we are bombarded, no assaulted by the marketing frenzy called Christmas. Yikes, as a typical man who normally leaves Christmas till 3pm on the 24 Dec, I confess the idea of being sprayed with the bland cultural stereotypes of happy families, gorging on presents and turkeys can be a bit of a turn-off. But enough of my Victor Meldrew angst over the material gluttony called Christmas. I, like many, put on the façade of overall disinterest because secretly I share a much deeper concern for the authentic meaning behind Christmas, as well as deploring its modern incarnation of trivia and cultural shallowness. Christmas means something, it does and should raise expectations above and beyond the rampant materialism of popular advertising that treats us all like automatons of secular materialism. Christmas is about a person and our connection to the people made in the image of that person and the realities of their daily lives. I know through my work in Fairtrade Jewellery over …