Global Peace & Justice

Global Mission endorsed resources and ideas that you and your parish can use to engage with global peace and justice issues within your context. 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Pacific Day of Prayer
Global The week of prayer - one-year anniversary since WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic
Asia Sunday 16 May 2021
Season of Creation
World week for peace in Israel and Palestine

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated in the Southern Hemisphere between Ascension and Pentecost Sundays (16-23 May 2021). The preparation of the resources for the Week of Prayer is overseen jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. This year, they asked the ecumenical Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Boudry, Neuchâtel, Switzerland to prepare the resources. They were then adapted for Aotearoa New Zealand by the Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism. The resources are intended for parishes, schools, and any group which may be able to make use of them. The Eight Days of Prayer is particularly suitable for use by individuals. Resources can be downloaded from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference website.

Pacific Day of Prayer 

The Pacific Conference of Churches has produced a resource for a Pacific Day of Prayer. This will be observed on 7 May 2021 and the resource contains a wide range of information and material that can be used any time of the year. It includes statistics on Covid-19 in the Pacific, Bible studies, and a suggested liturgy for a Pacific Day of Prayer service, download here.

Global The week of prayer - one-year anniversary since WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic 

The WCC will be sharing inspiring images and reflections that draw people together to express grief, healing and a sense of hope. The ecumenical family will also gather for a live-streamed global prayer service of grief on 26 March 2021. 

Reflections, stories and videos from WCC member churches, as well as regional and global partners, will be highlighted, and youth will also have a special role in sharing reflections via the WCC blog and through other means. al Week of Prayer to mark one year of COVID-19 pandemic: 22-27 March, 2021. See resources here

Asia Sunday 16 May 2021

Asia Sunday will be observed on 16 May 2021. The Christian Conference of Asia has produced resources for this which can be downloaded here. See links to a YouTube livestream and more information here.

Season of Creation

The Season of Creation is a time of year when Christians are invited to pray and care for creation. It runs from 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation, through to 4 October, the Feast of St Francis, patron saint of ecology in many traditions. 

Download this year’s SeasonofCreation.org guide, “Jubilee for the Earth”. It is a resource for congregations to plan worship and events celebrating our environment. It has a wealth of information and ideas for participation.

Download Season of Creation resource information including worship resources, event ideas and sermon suggestions.

World week of peace for Israel and Palestine

Every year September 14-21 is set aside as the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel. The week includes the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

Worship resources 2020: Creative Solidarity and Common Fragility

The World Council of Churches has produced a resource "Creative Solidarity and Common Fragility" to help congregations participate in this week for peace. This includes an introduction, Bible reading, prayers and suggestions for action. Take time to read the action and advocacy suggestions to see whether there are any ideas that could work in your context. Download Creative Solidarity and Common Fragility

Twelve faces of hope

Twelve residents of Palestine representing different faith traditions and ethnic communities explain their reasons for hope despite the constant threats to peace in their region.  This excellent resource uses short video clips and written reflections that will contribute to valuable discussion and new insights. As one contributor says: “Hope is the water of the soul. We cannot live without it.” Highly recommended.

View or download twelve faces of hope resources

A gift of life

This is a link to a powerful story that should be re-told and not forgotten. It is about how one Israeli family refused to give in to hate and fear and reached out to a Palestinian family with the gift of life, despite having lost their son in a Palestinian-led suicide bombing. It’s a powerful story within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. If only the incredible humanitarian sentiment expressed by this Israeli family could be understood by others, maybe there would be some hope for an eventual lasting peace. Although this happened nearly twenty years ago, the message here is timeless.

Read the story

Joint Statement on the proposed annexation of the West Bank

The Israeli Government has announced plans to annex a large area of occupied Palestinian territory on the West Bank. The following statement protesting against this move has been produced by ecumenical organisations including the World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches (the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand is a member of both groups).

Read or download the statement