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).
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!
"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
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
At 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:
"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.
(OWW cannot take responsibility for the content of websites not its own)
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.
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?".
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
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.
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? (www.fortheloveof.org.uk)
For the love of video
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 word.docs) - 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)
Press Release Template for publicising your event 2014 (word.doc) (issued 30 Sep.2014)