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ACTIVITIES

2015  "HOPE IN ACTION"

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.

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.

For much more about inspiring a culture of hope to build a more equal and peaceful world -  see our suggestions and resources for event orgainisers about interpreting the theme.

You can download here a pdf document which contains ideas and case studies to inspire discussion and action -with weblinks to organisations engaged with social justice and equality issues. Use this with your  organising committee to plan your OWW events and activities.

 

 

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Activities for 2014  - "Living Differently"

"Living Differently" was the theme for 2014 which 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 in 2014 were: 

  • Using money differently
  • Sourcing food differently
  • Reducing wastefulness

"More than Enough?" was the theme for 2013  with the sub title: "Aspire not to HAVE more but to BE more"

Explored with people of diverse faiths and none what 'being more' would mean for them. 


"Sharing Destiny - Moving Towards One World"  was the theme for 2012 

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

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

 

In 2011 the 'Living for One World' theme was all about encouraging people to value and understand our world and those who live in it. We 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)

 

Wordsearches

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?

 

Quizzes

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 ; wpwp@aol.com ; www.weekofprayerforworldpeace.com


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.

Back to Resources

 

 

Pledges

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.

 

Back to Resources

News

Call For Climate Action

For the love of each other, we're came together in our thousands, on 17 June, with our partners in the Climate Coalition, to ask MPs to commit to strong action on climate change to protect all the things we love.  It was our first opportunity since the General Election to tell our newly elected representatives what matters to us in this crucial year for climate action.

Will you share what you love? (www.fortheloveof.org.uk)

Press Releases

Newsletters

Recently Added Resources

2015 leaflets available to download & print

Introductory PowerPoint about organising local interfaith/inclusive OWW events in 2015

2015 -Suggestions and resources for interpreting the theme, Hope in Action. Download a pdf version OR a word.docx version

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

wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two word.docs)  (Oct. 2014)

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

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

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

A video to trigger ideas to help you start planning your OWW events 

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