Global Aware Bulletin February 2011
Welcome to the February Global Aware Bulletin which I hope has plenty of ideas and inspiration to lift you out of the winter gloom.
Thank you to all who attended the Global Aware Conference - a hugely challenging and worthwhile day.
1. One very useful thought that came from the Conference was that 'we can't fight injustice without fully investigating its' cause' (Paula Clifford). We need to be informed campaigners, taking time to learn more about a situation and then God can use us as prophets in our own communities. Pray that we will take time aside from everything we have to do to allow God to speak to us - both to inspire and challenge us about what part He wants us to play in bringing Global justice, and to inspire others. As we learn, let us also pray for that country or issue and for our commitment to it.
2. It is easy to forget the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, or to measure it only in terms of the British soldiers who are killed there. 2010 saw more civilian deaths than ever before and this year is a crucial one. Pray for the aid agencies struggling to cope with limited resources and harsh weather, as well as persecution. Pray for the Afghan people, that there will be an overriding desire for peace.
3. Give thanks for the elections in Sudan, and pray that the country will enter a time of stability and improving conditions for the poorest.
1. Join Tear Fund's Carbon Fast for Lent
- you can take part as an individual, a family or as a church or group. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to make our sacrifices count for the world's poor, who suffer most from Climate change. For more details go to www.tearfund.org/carbonfast
2. Get involved with Fairtrade Fortnight
, 28th Feb - 13th March. Fairtrade is one of the easiest ways for us to have a direct impact on poverty in some of the world's poorest countries. Buy more Fairtrade products yourself, get involved with local events, or look on the website for ideas of how to inspire your church or local group to take part www.fairtrade.org.uk/show_off_your_label/
Or make a group or individual investment in Shared Interest, the only investment company that invests solely in Fairtrade businesses
1. How People of Faith Help the World's Poor - Thursday 10th February 7- 9.30pm
Progressive Synagogue, 43-45 Bannerman Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0RR
Bristol Inter Faith Group and its partners invite you to this free inter faith event which is taking place as part of the ongoing Bristol Celebrates programme. Led by Reverend Dr Marcus Braybrooke, President of the World Congress of Faiths and prolific author.
2. Poverty Over
: Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath, Wed 2 March 2011 7:30pm - 9:30pm
With John Bell from the Iona Community. An evening of celebration, challenge and encouragement to prepare together to help end extreme poverty during 2011 (Click here to view flyer
3. Spectrum in Bristol Cathedral, 5th March, 2011; hosted by Churches Together in Greater Bristol
An invitation for churches, choirs, dance groups across the greater Bristol area to come together and showcase their work with the community, be it Fair Trade shops, cafes, youth projects, street pastors, evangelism or social outreach. The afternoon will climax in praise with a joint celebration service. For more details visit http://www.bristol.anglican.org/wordpress/?p=3924
4. Fairwear Fashion Show, Sat 5th March 12.30, 2pm and 3.30pm, Mall Galleries Bristol
Come to the fashion show and then pop across to Spectrum at the Cathedral !
Bristol's main event for Fairtrade fortnight, the Fairwear fashion show aims to show how ethical fashion can be affordable and desirable, with a focus on Fairtrade cotton. Clothes for men, women and children will be on the catwalk and an all-day exhibition will have free Fairtrade food tastings, beauty product samples and childrens' activities. http://www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk/Fairwear.html