The World Interfaith Harmony Week Coopetition is a 7 day global challenge to promote acts of peace, collaboration, and tolerance between people of all faith, spiritual, and humanistic traditions. Beginning on February 1st and going through February 7th, individuals and teams will use the spirit of coopetition to inspire collaborative acts of service to give back to their communities and strengthen mutual respect, understanding, and harmony between people of all backgrounds. http://worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com/ This video has the potential to change your mind, heart and soul forever. Is there something you can do to help change our world – one small act of kindness could become addictive… contagious. Give it a
Plan Ahead: Is there some small response I can make to mark the urgency of this reminder of the poverty that exists in our world? – skip a meal or a tea break; – reverence the food with which I am gifted today – acknowledge and give thanks for the riches with which I am blessed and sometimes take for granted. – write a prayer marking the significance of this day. – visit this website for resources I can use to mark this day – including background; a prayer service; a poverty quizz and more. https://educationforjustice.org/events/international-day-eradication-poverty-1 Another link which offers further in-depth information around this significant event. http://rscj-anz.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/International-Day-for-the-Elimination-of-Poverty.pdf
About World Food Day – from Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October to commemorate the founding of the Organization in 1945. Events are organized in over 150 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar. These events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. World Food Day is a chance to show our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030. It’s also a day for us
Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone … A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal. Laudato Si (202)
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Laudato Si
On 19 September, 1893 New Zealand became the first self-governing country to grant the right to vote to all adult women. In 1893 Kate Sheppard and her fellow suffragists gathered the signatures of nearly 32,000 women to demonstrate the groundswell of support for their cause. A 270-m-long petition – then the largest ever presented to Parliament – was unrolled across the chamber of the House with dramatic effect. Despite the opposition of Premier Richard Seddon, the Electoral Act 1893 was passed by both houses of Parliament and became law on 19 September. The news took New Zealand by storm and inspired suffrage movements all over the world. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/people/kate-sheppard
The International community celebrates the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty on 17 October. This reflection sheet on the International Day for the Elimination of Poverty introduces the major contemporary approaches to understanding poverty, reflects on key elements of the response of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and provides some questions for personal or group reflection.
Sacred Heart @ the UN remind us that there are fewer than 1000 days left until the deadline set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. While governments at the UN are negotiating the nature and content of any follow-up goals after 2015, achieving the existing goals should be everyone’s priority. The End Poverty 2015 campaign has a special website which serves as a Gateway to the UN System’s Work on the MDGs. Its page on the MDG Momentum gives updated information on each single goal and target. It also has infographics and posters on the eight MDGs which may be downloaded for promoting the MDGs, as long as they are not used for
Are you planning to buy Easter Eggs? As a member of ACRATH, the Society of the Sacred Heart is supporting the Fair Trade Easter Egg campaign. It is part of our commitment to end trafficking in persons and labour exploitation. Read more about the Fair trade Chocolate Easter Campaign or follow the Facebook Page
How can we, as educators, insert the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into our projects with women, children and youth, refugees and migrants, and persons living in poverty? This resource on educating-for-universal-human-rights comes from Cecile Meijer RSCJ and Sacred Heart@ the UN.