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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 really did make us feel part of one world" (Rev.T.Wells).


Week of Prayer for World Peace,  12th – 19th October 2014  

The Week of Prayer for World Peace always precedes One World Week, which is the week in which 24th October, UN Day, falls.

The Week of Prayer for World Peace for 2014 is 12th - 19th October and this year is WPWP's 40th Anniversary!

WPWP says

"Please join in and together, from the depth of our hearts, let's send out a united prayer for peace for ourselves, our communities and all parts of the world experiencing trouble."

All are welcome to attend an interfaith gathering of prayer and peace at 2:30pm on Sunday 19th October 2014 in London   Details here

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 19th 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!


 One World Week 2014 - "Living Differently"

Resources for Christian Worship in OWW 2014

 cover of AnthologyYou have a range of resources to draw upon to create your OWW service.

OWW's Anthology for "Living Differently"

This includes a service outline, based on notes kindly prepared for OWW by Moses Tumukunge Tutesigensi, Mid-Wales Mission Enabler of the Presbyterian Church of Wales.  

Additional materials include prayers, sermon notes, discussion starters and a list of hymns from our Partners, Christian Aid and CAFOD.

Download the Anthology here


banners about climate justiceAt the start of One World Week this year Christian Aid is encouraging churches to get involved in its Hunger for Justice Weekend.18-19 October. They have prepared excellent worship resources for use that weekend and they can be found on their website here.

You could use the Christian Aid Service on the 19th and the OWW service on the 26th - or draw on elements of each to make your own unique service and hold it whenever you like! Whatever you decide, please tell us about it - put it on the events calendar and, afterwards, do tell us how it went!

A PowerPoint presentation to use as a reflection

This one from Cafod, "The call of Creation",  reflects on the environment and climate and how we need to live in a way that cares for nature. (5 minutes)     download here

For a longer 3 part PowerPoint this one from Christian Ecology's website will stimulate discussion about faith and climate change.  (go to number 17 on the page - and note all the other resources they offer too!) Download here 

Resources for worship on the theme of using money ethically:

Good Money Week (19 - 25 October) have a Guide for Churches which includes ideas for action and worship resources which would fit the money element of OWW's theme. You can download it here from their website

ECCR offer a worship anthology focussing on using money ethically.  You can download a PDF or a word version (for copy and paste) from their website here

 School Assemblies for 'Living Differently'

Christian Aid has produced guidelines for School Assemblies about 'Living Differently" with accompanying PowerPoint presentations for use in One World Week. This is their introduction: 

plant earth seen from space

 "Our Earth is the only planet with people on it. But Earth is changing all the time, and now climate change is becoming a real danger for people all over the world.

Use our autumn primary or secondary assembly to explore how climate change is already affecting three communities: in El Salvador, Malawi and Brazil.

Think about how your school can make a difference by taking action to live differently during One World Week, which is taking place between 19 and 26 October this year.

Our primary and secondary assembly plans also feature suggested climate actions you can take with your class."

You can download them, free, from Christian Aid's website. Available in English and Welsh.

Primary here

Secondary here:

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 Previous 'weeks'

 Many of the following resources are still relevant to current issues and could be used


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. 

School Assemblies

Christian Aid produced October assemblies with accompanying PowerPoint presentations for use in One World Week, 2013. 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?". 

Secondary School Assembly (with PowerPoint Presentation) (11-14 year olds), "Have you had enough?". 



Many resources prepared for previous themes could also be adapted for use with the 2014 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.

Click here to return to the main resources page

For advice and tips on downloading documents and presentations please click here

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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)

 multi Faith symbols  

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: 

  • select some of the passages to read at an inter-faith or multi-faith event;
  • ask people from these respective faith traditions to say a few words of introduction before reading an excerpt; 
  • use the teachings as a basis for a discussion on faith and the environment across various world faiths; 
  • cut and separate the teachings from the sources and ask the group to match them together, as a discussion starter or as part of a quiz. This activity would lead nicely into a discussion on the similarities between faith traditions.

 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

 title page of Environment and Islam paper


Environment and Islam: Islamic Relief. Summary Paper

 Download from Islamic Relief wesite leaflet page here

 Islamic Relief logo


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:

- Introduction

- Setting the Vision

- Encounter

- Experience

- Transformation

- Struggle and Resilient Hope

- A suggested format for Corporate Worship

Prayers For Peace from Around The World

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.



Islam: central beliefs and practices

A basic introduction to Islam



Hunger and poverty: an Islamic perspective (PowerPoint 25.04MB)

Corresponding notes

Quotes from the Qur'an and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are presented alongside statistics on world hunger and poverty, to draw upon the connection between Islamic faith values and current development issues.

The notes provide further explanation of the meaning of the quotes from the Qur'an and sayings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


Hunger and Poverty: A Christian perspective

Quotes from the Bible are presented alongside statistics on world hunger and poverty, to draw upon the connection between Christian faith values and current development issues.


Charity: an Islamic perspective

A short, accessible introduction to an Islamic perspective on charity. Includes questions for discussion and case study on Islamic Relief, a faith based humanitarian aid agency.


Fasting: an Islamic perspective  

A short, accessible introduction to fasting in Islam, which highlights the connection between fasting and social responsibility. Includes questions for discussion and group activity.


Grace Across Faiths leaflet

A selection of prayers said before and after eating from a range of faith traditions, presented in a clear, visual format.




 Christian Ecumenical Worship Anthology 2009

This anthology contains:

• Order of Service

• A collection of articles from across the developing world

• Readings and prayers

• Hymn suggestions

Many thanks to CAFOD for this anthology.


2008 OWW Order of Service: Growing Together through fairer trade

Human enterprise is one of our richest resources; through it everyone can be fed, clothed and housed - but only if the benefits of trade are shared fairly. Sadly, they’re not.

This order of service was developed for One World Week 2008. However, it still holds great significance in today’s condition.


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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.

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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