Case study of the fortnight- Jersey One World Group (16/07/2010)
With thanks to Jersey One World Group (JOWG)
Jersey One World Group held two weeks of talks, film nights, exhibitions, and other events to mark OWW 2009.
There were a number of people on the organising team, all of whom took responsibility for different aspects of the celebration. Following the main events, letters were sent to thank those who helped out.
Jersey One World Group includes most local charities that are concerned with overseas affairs and also engages with primary schools on a regular basis.
With the co-operation of BBC Jersey there were twelve presentations during ‘Morning Thought’. Presenters were from Jersey One World Group, Churches Together in Jersey (CTJ), the Muslim Community, the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Quakers, one person of no recognised faith, the Baha’is, and Spanish, German and Kenyan Nationals.
Maurice Lakeman who coordinated many of the events in 2009 said, “I doubted whether the BBC would permit a contributor of no recognised faith but it passed without comment! This is important, I believe, if we claim to be a one world group.”
A small exhibition was organised in the Public Library entitled the Rights of the Child.
During the CTJ autumn forum a range of opening devotions taken from OWW resources were offered. A presentation was also made, however, according to the JOWG “the meeting was poorly attended; only 18 people were present”.
In addition to these events, a very successful Family Quiz Night – ‘What do you know about other faiths?’ - was held, as well as a Quakers' Coffee Morning on the theme of sustainability and an Amnesty International Film presentation of ‘Hotel Rwanda’.
“The coffee morning format used by the Quakers was, to my mind, very successful” explained Mr. Lakeman. “There were lots of informative displays and hand outs. Folks were on hand to make visitors welcome and people found time to talk and to share their thoughts over tea or coffee.”
There was some feeling that hosting two weeks of activities was a little too much, both in terms of what could be organised and what will be attended. However, the JOWG continues to show its support for tackling global injustices, and has started to plan the events for 2010, as well as hosting a big celebration of 40 years of Jersey Overseas Aid over the August Bank holiday weekend.
For more inspiring stories about our organisers' events visit the Events 2009 page.
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Recently Added Resources
"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 meetings - N.B. Full annual leaflet on 'Living Differently' will be published in May.(added 23 April 2014)
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)
'More than enough?' Quotes about consumerism and what 'being more' might mean-use them to start off discussion and more (word doc) (added 8 Oct. 2013)
Pledges to help you "Aspire be more" word.doc (added 1 Oct 2013)
Working with Others - a new page for 2013 with ideas for events and links to OWW Partners and their resources (updated 26 Sept. 2013)
2013 Worship Anthology on "More than Enough?" plus supplementary material (added 19 Sept. 2013)
More than Enough? -a selection of videos to inform and entertain (new for 2013. updated 5 Sept. 2013)
OWW Guide and links to other websites for resources relevant to environmental issues (updated Sept 2013)- (word doc)
More than Enough? Featuring food/a meal in your event? These resources from CAFOD could enhance the menu! (added Aug. 2013)
Funding Opportunities - New possibility Aug. 2013
wordsearch:'The world we want'. Download and print the search and answers (two word.docs) updated April 2013