Acting Together for One World in Peace
The reactions to the terrorist attacks and to the arrival of refugees in Europe in 2015/16 suggest that OWW needs to draw on our tradition of seeking to bring people together to hear each other’s perspectives and share common values. The current situation calls for us to redouble our efforts to pursue this agenda by encouraging groups to work together locally to inspire citizens and each other to build a culture of inclusion.
The theme title emerged from the fact that everyone is affected by current issues around migration and refugees, diversity and inclusion, including extremism and Islamophobia. Locally and globally, our society needs to address these to enable us all to live together in peace.
Guidelines for interpreting the theme
We have produced a booklet (8 pp) with suggestions. It addresses the following:
Background and context
How can we build a culture of inclusion?
What can we do through OWW events?:
1. Encourage people to look at the context of migration in various ways
2. Take inclusive action
3. Link with OWW's partners' actions and campaigns
4. Welcome refugees
5. Counter Islamophobia, Antisemitism and other manifestations of religious discrimination and racism
6. Engage people who have little contact with refugees and diverse communities
The booklet contains links to sites with many stories of refugee experiences and stories of actions and ideas to inspire emulation or adaptation to you own local circumstances.
You can download the latest version of the Guidelines booklet here (PDF version)
Look also for specific resources in the pages listed below
You will also find resources useful to this year's theme from our archived material - so it's worth scrolling down each page!
Games, quizzes, crafts, and other activities (adaptable for any age group)
Facts and figures, stories to inspire, reports and DVDs. Films,videos and PowerPoints. You will also find a section on 'Peace and the Environment', listing some relevant links and resources
Worship and inter faith resources
Advice on inter faith engagement, becoming a Fairtrade place of worship, and Global Community Linking Programmes
Posters, leaflets, images, and press and email templates for use in publicising your event
Schemes of work and assemblies for primary school and secondary school children
Recently Added Resources
Wordsearches for Including You events - download them from here
Press release template for 'Including You' events download here
Quotations about building an inclusive peaceful society - Download from here a 5 page booklet as a word.doc or pdf
Pledges to build an inclusive society - find them here
"Who is a Migrant?" - anactivity/game to get people talking to each other at your events. Download the instructions here
School Assemblies from Christian Aid- link to and download a PowerPoint and notes
Looking for a speaker for your event? Download here a list (pdf) from the Discussion page (posted 12 Sept 2016)
Faith resources relating to "Including You".Download pdf here links to materials offered by OWW's partners and supporters: worship, discussion, films ...plus Prayers for OWW(updated 7 Sept '16)
Presentation "A OWW approach to Migration" Download this PDF version of a 12 slides (15 -20 minutes) powerpoint
Need funding for your event? Apply to Big Lottery Celebrate Fund! NOW or you'll be too late for OWW more here and other suggestions
Poster/ flyer design kit - download from here
2016 Leaflets "Including You" download PDF versions here
Migrant crisis or poverty crisis? - A briefing paper from Global Justice NOW Download as a PDF here
2016 - "Including You" - Booklet of ideas, links and resources for interpreting the theme. Dowload a PDF here (updated July 2016)
Learning resource/activity for young people about peace - from Fly Kites not Drones; suitable for activites in or out of school. find links here: schools ; activities (added Nov. 2015 but still relevant for this years events)
Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to complete and send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here