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Inspiring a culture of hope to build a more equal and peaceful world

Much of the conflict we see around us in the world today arises from inequality which we need to tackle before resentment and anger spill over into violence. There is no true peace without justice.

This year we are thinking about how to encourage people to participate in actions to achieve justice for those whose rights are not respected or who are ignored or discriminated against, as well as looking into the gross inequalities of wealth in our world where the 80 richest people own as much as the poorer half of all the world's people. (see OXFAM's "Even it up" campaign).

One of the things that holds people back from getting involved (in voting or campaigning or challenging injustice) is despair. They feel that their views are not listened to or that they cannot make a difference.  We are seeking to show that each of us can make a difference when we speak and act together, by demonstrating that this has happened in the past (eg the Chartists and the suffragettes) and is happening now all around the world in local communities and in world wide actions and movements. We need to inspire people with the hope that we can make a difference. We can work with others in non violent ways and stand together with those harmed by injustice to challenge the perpetrators and fundamental causes of inequality.

This kind of hope is very different from the blind optimism of those who reckon that everything will turn out alright in the end whether they do anything about it or not. The kind of hope we need to inspire is hope that empowers people to act. This quotation sums it up:

“Hope has two beautiful daughters: their names are anger and courage. Anger that things are the way they are. Courage to make them the way they ought to be.”                                               

(St Augustine of Hippo)

In your event you might want to focus on one kind of inequality or bring together a range of organisations tackling various kinds of inequality or injustice and get them to tell their success stories. (Short talks, displays, drama, short videos - more on this to come).

A worthy aim would be to get everyone at the event to commit to joining an organisation or campaign working for a fairer world. 




Activities for 2014  - "Living Differently"

"Living Differently" followed on from the previous year's theme; 'More than Enough?' which explored issues of consumerism. We looked at how we could live differently to secure a fairer more satisfying life for us all and one that would protects the planet's resources for future generations. 

Key areas of focus were: 

  • Using money differently
  • Sourcing food differently
  • Reducing wastefulness

Activities for 2013 - More than Enough?

"Aspire not to HAVE more but to BE more"

You could explore with people of diverse faiths and none what 'being more' would mean for them. (We're collecting more quotations to get you started on this big question - please send us any you've come accross that you think we should include.)


OWW will be assembling some resources to help you look at these issues and some fun resources to engage audiences of different ages. 

You can also recycle resources from previous years that are relevant to the 2013 theme (see below, e.g. word searches, quizzes)

Activities for 2012 Sharing Destiny - Moving Towards One World

“Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are going.”

This a one of the quotes from our collection - a great way to start people thinking!  Is this what we really want?

In OWW 2012, under our theme of Sharing Destiny, one of the things we look at was the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference which took place in June 2012 in Brazil. Representatives from around the world met at this UN environment summit to “secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development*, ... ”.


Resources for Sharing Destiny Events

a word search for words expressing what we would like to see in the world we want.

guidelines on writing press releases and securing media coverage

Our partners in the Coalition have all sorts of ideas and resources that could be useful for your events - check out their websites here from the SCCC website.

2011 resources, many of which relate to living more sustainably, addressed issues of climate change and thus affecting our shared destiny.


Living for One World 

The 2011 Living for One World theme was all about encouraging people to value and understand our world and those who live in it. We have developed some activities to help get people thinking about what they can do to make the world fairer and more sustainable.

Many of these resources can also be used to start a discussion on the challenges of climate change that we must address to support those already suffering increased hardship and to secure a better world for future generations. Please click here to go to our Discussion pages to find discussion starters including PowerPoint presentations.

You can download all of these resources for free and use them in your One World Week events, or at brownies, scouts, youth club or in school.

 hand outlining a word (in a crossword)



This kind of activity has been used successfully at OWW events like meals to   engage people, including adults, in the topic while waiting to be served or between courses. But loads of applications for use with children and youth groups too.

 Find them on the  Quiz page

 solar panels on a house in the Mosel Valley(photo-Hirom)


Living for One World pledges

Persuade participants in your event to commit themselves to live for one world by signing up to one or more of these pledges:

Download 'Environmental Pledges' here


   a quarter of a face

Who is this?



All you need to conduct Adults' and Children's quizzes. They come in sections and you can print off the whole lot or just the section you need. 

Find them all on the Quizzes page

waving banners - Christian Aid

Take Action

This specially compiled guide to websites of other organisations includes those with ideas for taking personal action to address issues of climate change.

Find them on the Links page

"Save our World"

Our brand new drama for young people.

Download here


Activities relating to Peace

Rainbow peace flg

The Week of Prayer for World Peace - 14 - 21 October 2012

The National Service for Week of Prayer for World Peace will be held on Sunday, 21 October at St. Ethleburga's Centre, Bishopgate, London at 2pm. This is open to all and is hosted by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship as part of their 75th Anniversary celebrations. The Week of Prayer for World Peace runs from the 14 - 21 October 2012. For the leaflet to support this week (or a schools leaflet) please contact:  Tel: 0208 968 4340 ; ;

OWW Resources

 ‘Creating a culture of peace for our children’ was the OWW theme in 2010. We developed an exciting selection of games and activities which continue to be appropriate for use with subsequent themes. You can download all of these resources for free and use them in your One World Week events, or at brownies, scouts, youth club or in school. 

Many of these resources can also be used to start a discussion on the challenges we must overcome to obtain true peace in the world.  There is guidance on how to go about this on each individual page, or you can click here to be taken to our ‘Discussion’ resources page.

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Be aware of your power to make a difference and take a stand by committing yourself to peace.  These pledges can be used to inspire you to write your own, to match up pledges to their reasons, or to make a multicoloured ‘pledge paper chain’ or ‘pledge tree’.



1000 Paper Cranes

 Find out about Sadako Sasaki in this short story and then follow the step by step instructions on how to make paper cranes for peace.




Peace symbols

 Learn about widely recognised peace symbols and then follow our suggestions to create scavenger hunts, play a game of pairs or snap, or design your own peace symbol.




One World Week quizzes and wordsearches

 Download our peace themed quiz and use it at coffee mornings, in pubs, as a feature of an evening get-together or anywhere else you fancy testing people’s knowledge.  We have one quiz for adults and another one developed especially for children.

There is also a question-and-answer style children's wordsearch, designed to stimulate thinking about the world in a fun and challenging way.




Downloadable games

 Here you will find a selection of games. There are quizzes, board games and other practical activities to choose from.


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Call For Climate Action

For the love of each other, this spring, we are standing with over 100 organisations to call for climate action for the sake of all the things that matter most.

For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the Love of Somerset, the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of country walks and Britain's beautiful seasons.

For the love of all the things we care about, we're taking climate change seriously. And we're not alone.

It’s time to stand up, for the love of each other, and demand action.

Will you share what you love? (

For the love of video

Press Releases


Recently Added Resources

Quotes about "Living Differently" (and each of the 3 elements of the theme) - use them to start discussions, in press releases, as talking points in any event. (added 14 Oct 2014)

Resource leaflets "Finding out more about ethical investment: website links" (Word .docx) (contributed byPhilip Hayllar, Portsmouth OWW Oct 2014)

Living Differently -  Featuring food/a meal in your event? These resources from CAFOD could enhance the menu!  (amended Oct. 2014)

 'Living Differently -a selection of videos to inform and entertain' (updated Oct. 2014)

wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two - suitable for use with the 'Living Differently' theme

 2014 Worship resources for the "Using money ethically" element of the "Living  Differently"  theme (added 13 October 2014)

 2014 - A worship resource from CAFOD - Call of Creation - A PowerPoint for  reflection (added 25 September 2014)

2014 Worship Anthology for  "Living Differently" plus  supplementary material (added 21 Sept. 2014)

Faith and School resources for 2014: School Assemblies on Living Differently(added 18 Sept. 2014)

 Press Release Template for publicising your event 2014 (word.doc) (issued 30 Sep.2014)


Publicity materials for 2014 'Living Differently' (pdf)

Evaluation form for organisers to report back to OWW - 2014  (added September 2014)

Working with Others -in 2014 - Ideas for events and links to OWW Partners and their resources  (updatedvariously from July -September 2014)

Event participants feedback form (for organisers to collect feedback from  participants at OWW events (word.doc)

2014 - a video to trigger ideas to help you start planning your OWW events

"Living Differently" downloadable leaflet for OWW 2014 (pdf) - added 29 May 2014 

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local interfaith/inclusive OWW events in 2014 (updated 28 May 2014)

2014 Theme summary: A4 with 2xA5 single sided leaflets to down load and print for use at planning meetings as an alternative to the full annual leaflet.  (added 23 April 2014)

Pledges to help you "Aspire be more" word.doc (added 1 Oct 2013)

OWW Guide and links to other websites for resources relevant to environmental issues (updated Sept 2013)- (word doc)

Funding Opportunities -  Aug. 2013