Prayer for Everyone is a worldwide action over seven days from 24th September to 1st October 2015 to pray for the new Global Goals for sustainable development. The issues addressed by the Global Goals are central to all faith traditions, which are the shared expressions of our humanity. During Global Goals week, the billions of believers around the world will be called to prayer and action to eliminate extreme poverty, fight inequality, and fix climate change.
What can we do as faith communities and leaders?
Each community will know how to promote the Global Goals in their own way and by their own means most effectively. We will provide Global Goals branding that can be used in posters and worship materials as needed. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Create space for reflection or meditation on the Global Goals, the issues they address and what it will take for them to be achieved.
Worship leaders can include the relevant issues in worship and special services to explore the significance in their faith (e.g. water, food, poverty, peace and justice, etc.) and encourage reflection or meditation.
Theologians and religious educators can use their texts and teachings to explore the subjects of the Global Goals to promote deeper understanding of how faith calls individuals to work towards a better world.
Faith communities can devote special attention to the issues in regular study groups, or create a special study group for the week. These should be organised for all ages and members of faith communities.
How do the issues addressed in the Global Goals affect the members of your own faith community, and the surrounding communities? Make time during Global Goals week to seek out and bear witness to the impacts of poverty, inequality, injustice, poor health, harm to the environment, etc. For example:
Religious media in all its forms has enormous coverage and deep penetration making it an excellent vehicle to promote the Global Goals and engage people in virtual global dialogue.
Radio and television have enormous potential in most of the world to convey information and engage communities in dialogue. For example:
Social media is particularly powerful in reaching and connecting youth around the world.
People of faith, faith leaders, and faith-based organisations can organise or support local worship services to draw attention to the goals and engage others within their community about the importance of the goals.
Campaign materials can be used to develop special worship services that bring to life the Global Goals in engaging and thoughtful ways, such as through music, theater, art, and other relevant forms of creative and spiritual expression.
Youth groups can organise social media campaigns, rallies, flash mobs or music festivals to share how their faith informs their commitment to achieving the Global Goals.
As the Global Goals are an expression of common, shared ground between faith communities, the launch week affords a great opportunity to mobilise inter-faith/religious actions and events to forge alliances that can work towards the achievement of the goals through 2030.