Easter is a season of many things - holidays, chocolate, Christian reflection & remembrance.
In preparation for Easter, Christians may choose to embark on the journey of Lent, expressed more in some church traditions than others. In Western Christianity, Ash Wednesday (this year on March 6th) marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ - his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection 1
Whether we observe this or not, self preparation is important! In doing this, we realise that there is more opportunity for growth in ourselves, time for others and time for actions that make a difference in our world.
Mark Clarke from the Office of Justice and Peace at the Cardinal Knox Centre, East Melbourne, expresses this sentiment well:
"As we celebrate the core of our faith – that is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us not forget that even our smallest actions have the capacity to impact on the lives of others.
The slavery–free chocolate campaign is designed to free those children, predominantly in West Africa, who are trafficked into picking cocoa to make the chocolate that we in the developed world enjoy.
This campaign has already had great success, with chocolate manufacturers pledging to source an increasing amount of their chocolate from ethical sources.
The time to keep going is now. Let‘s ensure that all our chocolate is sourced from workers who received decent and fair wages and conditions and that children receive the necessary education that will assist them to elevate themselves out of poverty”.
Just Salvos is proud to work with Stop the Traffik. Below you will find advocacy resources developed by Stop the Traffik that can be used this Easter.
Stop the Traffik Easter Prayer
Stop the Traffik Easter Actions
Stop the Traffik Easter Card Template
Stop the Traffik Certified Chocolate Guide
Stop the Traffik A4 Easter Egg Poster
Download this image and make it your cover photo to demonstrate your willingness to oppose human trafficking, or sign the petition here.
Office for Justice and Peace Ethical Certification List