Global Aware Bulletin March 2011
Welcome to the March Global Aware Bulletin. At a time when citizens across the Middle East are fighting for a fairer system, may we as a church take inspiration from the ability of ordinary people who believe in justice to make a huge difference in the world. Let us make our voices heard.
1. Pray for the situation challenging governments across the Middle East and Northern African region. Give thanks for the mostly peaceful revolution in Egypt and for the powerful message of Christians and Muslims worshipping together in Tahrir Square, that this may provide inspiration for Arab and Western nations.
Pray for Libya and for an end to the violent measures President Gaddafi is taking in order to keep power. Pray that democracy is the outcome of the current crisis, not civil war.
2. Pray for the people of New Zealand, devastated by the earthquake. Pray for those who have lost family and friends and that more people may be found alive amongst the rubble. Pray for the rescue workers who have to witness carnage and death.
1. USPG has produced an inspiring Lent study guide for 2011
The course draws upon passages from Acts and looks at the church in action in India, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Japan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Myanmar and Ghana.
Inspire your congregation to engage more deeply with global mission by inviting a USPG Speaker to your Lent service or study session.
2. Join Compassion UK's Mothers Day Campaign
to empower Mums living in poverty. Instead of the usual flower presentation, consider using the resource pack in your church to transform the lives of families around the world. http://www.compassionuk.org/mothersday
3. Fairtrade Fortnight 28th Feb - 13th March
What will you do? Come to a local event (see www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk
) If you are not holding or attending an event, take the opportunity over the next two weeks to learn more about Fairtrade and to buy Fairtrade items you have not tried before - clothing, olive oil from Palestine, even the new Fairtrade baked beans!
Faith, Poverty & Social Exclusion Café Style Workshop, Tues 29th March 6pm to 9pm at the Council House, College Green, Bristol
For people of all faiths and none, to discuss how communities can develop anti poverty and social exclusion strategies. Please email info a_t bristolcelebrates d_o_t org d_o_t uk
to book your FREE place, which will include refreshments and a bite to eat.
"It is only by living completely in this world that one learns to have faith. By this-worldliness I mean living unreservedly in life's duties, problems, successes and failures. In so doing we throw ourselves completely into the arms of God, taking seriously, not our own sufferings, but those of God in the world. That, I think, is faith."
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer