The following is something I also posted over on "Does Not Wisdom Call?" but I thought I would share it with folks here too:
Did you know that eBay now has a department called worldofgood.com that is just loaded with Fair Trade and other socially and ecologically responsible opportunities for purchases?
I really recommend that you go over there and explore. It's fun!
The above carving is from Thailand, is 12 inches in diameter, and is only $52.35 with free shipping. (Click through on the artist's name if you're interested.)
Now here's something else quite wonderful. If you access eBay through GoodShop and then type our name (St. John's Center for Spiritual Formation) in the charity line (be sure and hit "verify" if you haven't done this before), our Center receives a percentage of every purchase you make. There is a HUGE selection of other businesses you can access this way if you like to shop on line and that way you can help the Center without any cost to you whatsoever. You can also help the Center by using the GoodSearch search engine at least part of the time!
In these tough economic times, every little bit helps!
(Since registering with GoodSearch and GoodShop we have raised almost $1,000 through those organizations. You can read all about how they work right here.)