Transgender Day of Remembrance, 20 Nov

  Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on 20 November honouring the memory of those whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Newest ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ posts . . . (images link to posts)   Alphabetical archive of all ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ resources . . .

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Franciscan Benediction

The origins of this prayer are unknown, but it surely presents another perspective of St Francis. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.   May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger […]

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Children’s message, What colour is God? — Ana Gobledale, UK

“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness….’” Genesis 1.26 Lesson: Looking at skin colour to learn more about God.   What colour are you? Listen to this poem by Kathleen McGinnis, and see if you can find a colour that matches your skin. Some people are black like ebony […]

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Prayers arising from Amos 7 — Ana Gobledale, UK

God of the prophets, we lift our prayers to you. Prayers of intercession for Eighth Sunday of Pentecost, Year B Amos 7:7-15 Ready-to-print copy:  PDF Prayers of Intercession – Amos 7,7-15 WORD Prayers of Intercession – Amos 7,7-15 A different responsive line might be chosen, e.g. God of the prophets, we lift our prayers to […]

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Refugee Prayer, Ruth 1 — Nicola Robinson, UK

Ruth 1: 1 – 5 In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land …. Hospitable God, who teaches us to welcome the stranger; we pray for all refugees and immigrants: those who have been displaced through famine, those who have been displaced through climate change, those who have been […]

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World Refugee Day – 20 June

What words express our commitment, or desire for the commitment, to reach out to welcome the stranger? World Refugee Day, declared by the United Nations to be marked on June 20, is a call for communities around the world to work toward peace and security for all, remembering especially the millions of people who are […]

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Prayer following a bombing — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Holy God, Today we pray for the people of (area effected by bombings)… For parents whose children will never return, For children, youth and young adults whose safe world has been shattered, For first responders who arrived on the scene To care for the injured, the traumatised, the deceased. Gracious God, We give thanks for courage and […]

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Rachel weeps — Steve Garnaas-Holmes, USA

Chemical warfare in Syria and the bombs targeted in response by the United States of America, led to this reflection.   The Empire Feeds Cold and dark clamp down on us. The Empire feeds itself, human bodies as fuel, boots tracking blood. Rachel weeping for her children, we’ve heard it before. The man with the megaphone doesn’t […]

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Day of Remembrance, Canada, 6 Dec

Why 6 December? On 6 December 1989 fourteen women were murdered and nine women and four men were wounded at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Canada. The man responsible specifically targeted women, separating them from their male colleagues. The violence ended when he shot and killed himself. Since that day, 6 December has been set […]

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Christmas Carols with Justice — SimpleLiving, USA

Simple Living provides lyrics for Christmas Carols with Justice. The verses blend traditional and bold progressive language.  They are easy to use and bring the real world into Christmas. “Jesus’ birth has taken on much cultural significance as a celebration of good will, warm feelings and excessive consumerism. These new stanzas help to connect his birth […]

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World Week for Peace in Palestine & Israel

Each September the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches invites participation in this week of advocacy and action supporting an end to the illegal occupation of Palestine and a just peace for all in Palestine and Israel.  Congregations and individuals around the globe who share the hope of justice unite during the week to take […]

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Black History Month – USA

How is our language in worship shaped by race? What colours do we see as we speak the words of our faith? Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God. -Psalm 68:31 How might the colour of Jesus effect our devotion? Black History Month (October in UK, February […]

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Equity Prayer, Isaiah 11 — Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson, USA

Inspired by Isaiah 11:3-4a Second Sunday of Advent, Year A     Holy One, open our spirits to your righteousness – a righteousness that helps us understand the power innate in all humanity. Grant us the righteousness to recognize the gifts, resources, resiliency, strength and wisdom present in ourselves and in others. Empower us, O […]

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I Dream a World — Langston Hughes, USA

Though the original words are exclusive, the sentiment is eternal. The bracketed phrases have been inserted to include everyone…   I dream a world where [each person] No other [person] will scorn, Where love will bless the earth And peace its paths adorn I dream a world where all Will know sweet freedom’s way, Where greed […]

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Just Language — Kaye Ashe, USA

“Just language– language that reflects our changing consciousness about God, the universe, class, gender relations, race, disabilities and violence– is essential if we are to overcome the injustices and hatred that obstruct the peace, equality and harmony we long for.” –Kaye Ashe, O.P., Eighth Day Center, Chicago USA The Eighth Day Center in Chicago publishes […]

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Prayer and Action for Peace — Ana Gobledale, UK

            Peace Your promise Our hope   Peace in our communities… Unite us to raise our voices against violence in our homes in our churches in our schools in our work places   Peace on our earth… Unite us to take a stand, to act to become eco-churches to go green […]

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Prayer response to natural disaster — Christian Aid UK

Merciful God, we pray for those whose land and lives are destroyed by climate chaos, especially today in [country/area names affected current climate-related event]. We pray for those who give immediate humanitarian assistance, and for [Christian Aid / or other organisation through which the congregation supports assistance] partners who support communities in the slow and careful […]

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