Today, pay attention to everything you buy or consume. Do research on just five of those items and go as deep as you can to trace where it comes from. For instance, if you buy a shirt and you see it is made by Gap in Vietnam, find out as much as possible about the garment industry in Vietnam. Hold whatever it is you bought and pray for those who made it. Pray for forgiveness for the injustices that came in bringing that product to you. And most importantly, find a way to either not change the conditions of injustice so that your needs may be met without compromise.
Where Did it Come From?
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.