Faith Resources for use at One World Week Events
A World Service?
Here is an idea to think about to make your OWW service a truly "World Service"! It was tried out by OWW supporters in Ulverston Methodist Church. They linked up with others around the world by having live phone interviews. They used a mobile phone and amplifier (you might be able to use Skype) and asked people in churches in Australia, Estonia and America to lead intercessory prayers with the congregation and then talk on topics related to the theme. "It was a most moving experience to be led by someone thousands of miles away...it really did make us feel part of one world" (Rev.T.Wells).
Week of Prayer for World Peace, 13th – 20th October 2013
Each year, the committee of the Week of Prayer for World Peace produces a leaflet of prayers for peace drawn from the major religious traditions of the world. This year's leaflet is available now. To order leaflets go to the WPWP website here.
A joint event? Note that the 20th October is the last day of the Week of Prayer for World Peace and the first day of One World Week - great opportunity to hold a joint interfaith event - many of the prayers and reflections in the leaflet reflect the concerns of this year's OWW theme, "More than enough?"
One World Week 2013 - "More than enough?"
Worship Anthology on the theme of 'More than Enough? - "Aspire not to have more but to be more."
Written especially for OWW by Kieran O'Brien of CAFOD Download it here in a Word Document which you can edit and adapt for your own service,
Some additional resources, prayers, etc. from previous years that are appropriate to the theme are downloadable here.
We hope to add hymns shortly - If you have any suggestions to share - we'd love to hear from you!
Christian Aid has produced October assemblies with accompanying PowerPoint presentations for use in One World Week. They reflect on consumerism and question the value we place on possessions, "Consumer culture encourages us to always want more - but could living simply be the key to a better world?". They focus on: consumerism, waste, and recycling with examples from Bangladesh, Haiti, and Mali.
You can download them from Christian Aid's website here:
Primary School Assemby (with PowerPoint presentation) (7 - 11 year olds), "More than enough?".
Many resources prepared for previous themes could also be adapted for use with the 2013 theme - (see below)
Archived One World Week Faith Resources
In previous years we have developed a range of PowerPoint presentations, orders of service and other faith based resources.
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Worship Anthology 2012 - Sharing Destiny - Moving Towards One World
This order of service prepares us for the journey towards one world. Designed for all ages it involves drama and participation. It's mainly aimed at Christian congregations but it could be adapted easily for a multi-faith event.
Many thanks to Helen Garton and Sally Whitehead for this anthology
Download the Worship Anthology 2012 here (Word.doc 826 KB)
You can download and cut and paste to suit you needs.
see also the alternative drama "Save our world" (below)
Interfaith Resource: Environment across Faiths
This is a collection of teachings on the environment, across different faith traditions, for use at your OWW event. You could:
Download 'Environment across Faiths' here
Pledges relating to Sharing Destiny - Moving Towards One World
You might like to incorporate pledges into your Faith Event as an act of commitment -
Download from the Pledges page
"Save our World" - a short drama for young people
This drama-presentation focuses on the theme of ‘stewardship’ and the duty of humans to protect the world in which we live. It would be suitable for Faith and Interfaith events. KS2 (7 - 11 year olds) and upwards.
Download the "Save our World" drama here
Environment and Islam: Islamic Relief. Summary Paper
Download from Islamic Relief wesite leaflet page here
Islam and the Environment - a presentation for School assemblies for KS2
Download from Islamic Relief website presentation page here
Peace and Justice – An Islamic Perspective - PowerPoint 1997 23.9MB
This presentation looks at how peace and justice and lived out in Islam. It covers:
- Islam – what does it mean?
- Life is sacred
- Islamic law
- The meaning of Jihad
- Armed conflict
- Islam and human rights
- Islam and environmental rights
- Islam and other faiths
The presentation is divided up into sections, which are marked by header slides, so you can use all or part of the resource in your OWW event.
Christian Worship Anthology 2011: Living for One World
This anthology is an adaptation of one we first used in 2007. It was completely revised and updated for Living for One World with lots of new material. The suggested Worship Outline has choices within it and the Additional Resources offers futher options. We followed your suggestions for a resource that you can adapt to your needs: you can download these materials as Word documents and then cut and paste to suit your requirements.
download the Worship Outline for "Living for One World" here
download the Additional Worship Resources for 2011 here
Worship Anthology 2010 - PDF
‘We won’t get started on the journey of peace-building and peacemaking unless we’ve got a vision in front of us, a vision guiding us, a vision compelling us. Visions are neither abstract and dreamy, nor are they precise roadmaps. They arise out of the reality in which we find ourselves’ (Robert Pearce – author of the anthology).
This anthology contains a selection of worship and reflection material about peace and justice, and features the following sections:
- Setting the Vision
- Struggle and Resilient Hope
- A suggested format for Corporate Worship
A collection of prayers for peace from different faiths - Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Jainist, Jewish, Shinto, Native African, Native American, Muslim, Baha'i, Sikh, Christian.
Use these as part of an inter faith event, or to bring a different outlook to this year’s theme of ‘peacing together one world’.
To print them off simply highlight the online text using your mouse, copy it (by right-clicking) and then pasting it onto a new word document.
Recently Added Resources
2013 Event Organisers' Evaluation Form (word.doc)(added 17 Oct. 2013)
Press Release Template for publicising your event (word.doc) (issued 10 Oct.2013)
Event organisers' form for collecting feedback from participants at OWW events (word.doc)(added October 2013)