2016 Theme: "Including You"
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.
We have produced a booklet (7pp) with suggestions for interpreting the theme. 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
You can download the latest version of the booklet here (PDF version)
2015 Theme "Hope in Action"
Inspiring a culture of hope to build a more equal and peaceful world
The theme stemmed from the concerns of our colleagues in the European Global Education Week Network that much of the conflict we see around us in the world arises from inequality. We need to come together to tackle inequality before resentment and anger spill over into violence. There is no true peace without justice.
One of the things that holds people back from getting involved (in voting or campaigning or challenging injustice) is a feeling of hopeless despair. They feel that their views are not listened to or that they cannot make a difference.
We wanted to show that each of us can make a difference when we speak and act together by demonstrating that this had happened in the past (e.g. the Chartists and the Suffragettes) and was happening now all around the world in local communities and in world-wide actions and movements. We sought to inspire people with hope, based on evidence of success, that we can make a difference. We can work with others in non-violent ways and stand together with those harmed by injustice to challenge the perpetrators and fundamental causes of inequality.
2014 Theme "Living Differently"
'Living Differently' leads on from last year's theme about consumption to explore how we can increase the well being of humanity and secure a future environment that can maintain the health of the planet.
A good way to stimulate thinking and get started on planning for your OWW events would be to watch the recent video from "the Story of Stuff" project, 'The Story of Solutions' (here) More ideas on the discussion resources page Here
The leaflet, "Living Differently" is available.
- to download (see 'Recently added Resources' column to the right)
Ideas for events -see tried and tested ideas on the page, 'Doing OWW', here
2013 theme "More than Enough?"
In response to requests for videos we identified a video to download to use at events (more on the Discussion page) and a range of short You-Tube videos which you can watch on-line and share with others (in a virtual event?). They provide stimulating ideas and material which could be used in a variety of events:
Videos covering various aspects of More than Enough? download the list here:
(the different versions should mean you can down load at least one of these onto your computer)
Partners' Websites have lots of resources useful for More than Enough:
CAFOD has material relating to food in its Hungry for Change Campaign - to download a list, including videos, click on one below:
2012 theme "Sharing Destiny - Moving towards One World"
Resources for 2012 included:
A worship anthology for Sharing Destiny- Moving Towards One World, called "For the Journey"
Quotations about Sharing Destiny - thought provoking and adaptable to lots of uses at events
A wordsearch, to find the words to describe the future world we'd like to see. Great for individuals or groups and just the thing to get people thinking as they enjoy their One World Week meals!
Sharing Destiny Pledges about taking care of the environment have been adapted and augmented to make them appropriate to Sharing Destiny with emphasis on how what we do now has implications for the future.
Data gathering sheets for use at your event to help you with evaluation and feedback.
One World Week 2011 "Living for One World"
Living for the Planet - Living for its people - Living and acting for change
One World Week offered the following resources to help people put on OWW events in 2011.
A PowerPoint presentation to use with Organising Committees to help you plan events; also available - a slightly different version to show as a presentation and discussion starter at an event. Download PowerPoints from the Discussion page
A Christian Worship Anthology for Living for One World- go to Faith Resources to download (easy to cut and paste the sections).
*An Inter Faith Resource, 'Environment across Faiths' - download from Faith Resources
*A Wordsearch - available in “Activities” to download and print (an ideal activity for entertainment at OWW meals and all sorts of other events and activities)
*Pledges - available in Activities. A great way to round off your event with everyone committing to tale action.
*A Quiz, designed for the theme, - available from the Quizzes page
*Resources from other organisations for use with 'Living for One World'. Information and ideas for action on this specially researched selection of websites in: Explore Living for One World on the Links page
*A Drama for schools and young people - This drama-presentation focuses on the theme of ‘stewardship’ and the duty of humans to protect the world in which we live. Down load from the Faith Resources page or the Schools Resources Page
Please note that all resources are presented in colour, but can also be printed in black and white without losing their quality. If you require further assistance or would like the resources to be provided in another format please do not hesitate to contact us
Games, quizzes, crafts, and other activities (adaptable for any age group)
Facts and figures, stories to inspire, reports and DVDs. 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
Resources Order / Single Donation Form 2014
Recently Added Resources
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 June 2016)
Global Education resources for Muslim Schools from MADE - more details here (added 7 Dec. 2015)
Organisers' Evaluation Form for event organisers to complete and send to OWW - down load the word.doc from here
Teaching resources for KS1 and children's activities (5 - 7 year olds) from Traidcraft - here (8 Oct 2015)
Quotations about Hope in Action (includes: hope; economic inequality; gender equality and an inte faith section about inequality.Down load as a word.doc from the Discussion resources page here (8 Oct. 2015)
Pledges to Inspire Action -plus suggestions for use at events. (word.doc) (7 Sept 2015)
Worship resources to support Traidcraft's Justice campaign on Faith Resources page. (7 Oct. 2015)