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Here at the World Day of Prayer USA office, we get a lot of phone calls from folks looking for a WDP service but not sure where to find one.

If you’re looking for a service:

We keep a running list of services online here.
Keep checking back, we are updating this list all the time!

If you’re hosting a service:

We don’t have any way of knowing when and where your service will be unless you let us know.  So please send us an email telling us when and where, and any other important details to info(at)wdp-usa(dot)org, or leave us a message at 212-870-2466!

Missed our webinar? Catch up online!

Powerpoint imageWe had such a great time with those of you who were able to connect to our first-ever webinars the week before Thanksgiving!  Many of you were not able to connect in real time, so we’re offering the following ways to catch what you missed!

1. If you have a PC, download the recording of our webinar, in .wmv format.

For Macs and other devices, download the recording in .mp4 format.

(Note: this link will send you to a dropbox site where you can download the file.  It is too big to link to from our website!)

2. Download this PDF file with the slides and notes for the presentation.

3. Download the Powerpoint presentation, including our notes.

We had such success with this webinar that we will be working on ways to offer them again in the future.  Stay tuned!

“Umulga” SHe-Space: women and men working together for gender justice

 Cross-posted from the World Council of Churches website.

01 November 2013busan

By J. Ayana McCalman

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has devoted 60 years of active commitment to gender justice. The WCC  10th Assembly being held in Busan, Republic of Korea is continuing the campaign for advocacy for gender justice. The WCC, in partnership with Korean women, has designed an encounter space –Umulga SHe-Space in the Madang exhibition hall at the WCC assembly.

What is Umulga SHe-Space?

Umulga, a Korean word, means “the well”- a place where the essential can be found. The Umulga SHe-Space is an inclusive space for women and men (She and He) to exchange, rest, pray and reflect either individually or in groups on issues related to gender justice.

The space is designed in the style of Korean hospitality and reflects the various places that are part of the lives of women and men in community. There is a booth representing a market-place with various craft and cloth items for sale, designed by women in Korea. There is a courtyard style meeting space, a tea stand, couch benches to rest and relax and a quiet room to pray. On Thursday, several women and men were in conversation and relaxing in The Umulga SHe-Space.

An important feature of the Umulga SHe-Space is a prayer tree at the entrance of the space, representing traditional Zelkova trees at the entrance of Korean villages. Visitors to this space are invited to write their prayers on coloured ribbons. Their prayers are for gender justice and a world free of violence against women and girls. These ribbons hang as blossoms on the prayer tree.

Dr Fulata Mbano-Moyo, WCC programme executive for Women in Church and Society, spoke about the idea behind the space. She said that Umulga SHe-Space is a way “to make sure that the assembly promotes gender justice and encourages participants to include gender justice in their agenda for dialogue and perspectives shared at the assembly.”

What do men think?

Gleeson Vernon Job is an active participant of the Umulga SHe-Space. So what does he think of the space? He sees the encounter space as an important multicultural approach to the journey of women and men for gender justice. He added “This is a personal journey for me. I decided at a young age that I don’t want to be a perpetrator of violence, and I will stand against violence against women. As a man, I believe gender equality is a step in the right direction. Women should not be seen as lesser.” He said men must be encouraged to become active in building a just community of women and men in a genuine way.

Thursdays in Black

Badges promoting the “Thursdays in Black” campaign were also available at the space. Assembly participants were actively supporting the campaign on Thursday by wearing black and the badges. The campaign was started by the WCC in the 1980′s as a form of peaceful protest against rape and violence – especially taking place during wars and conflicts. WCC supports zero tolerance of violence against women.

A series of dialogues will take place at the Umulga SHe-Space during the assembly. There will also be discussions held at the assembly on issues of gender titled “Community of women and men in the church: mutual recognition and transformative justice”.

*J. Ayana McCalman is a lawyer and missionary for the Council for World Mission (CWM). She works for the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa as communications and justice advocacy officer.

WCC’s 60-year journey for gender justice continues (WCC feature of 28 October)

Official website of the WCC 10th Assembly

Announcing: 2014 Preparation Webinars!

This year, WDP USA will host a free planning and preparation webinar!

This webinar will provide basic information about World Day of Prayer and some specific information about planning for your 2014 service.

Webinars will be held at three times:
Wednesday, November 20 at 5pm Eastern
Thursday, November 21 at 10am Eastern
Thursday, November 21 at 3pm Eastern

The webinar will also be recorded and available to watch any time!  To join us, you will need a computer with working internet connection, and EITHER speakers and microphone on your computer OR a telephone to call in for audio connection.

If you’d like to join a webinar, please send an email to mmanas(at)wdp-usa(dot)org with the date and time you will call in.  Space is limited, so make plans now to join us!

Hope to see you in the virtual world soon!

WDP Offerings at Work

Recently we received a report from 2012 WDP Grantee, Work Options for Women.  WOW is a culinary job training program designed to help disadvantaged individuals move out of poverty by helping them obtain entry-level employment in the food service industry.  They target disadvantaged women who have multiple barriers to employment:  little to no work experience, homelessness, lack of education, mental health issues, substance abuse and often criminal histories.  This program is open to both men and women – however the vast majority of clients are women.

Our grant, made possible by your offerings, covered the cost of culinary training and a support program for 20 students!  Join us in prayer for the women who received the training this year, that they may find employment to support themselves and their families.

 

Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace

This Saturday, celebrate the International Day of Peace!peace-dove-and-sign

In a ceremony on Wednesday, the United Nations observed this day of peace by emphasizing the importance of education for peace:

“There are currently 57 million children that do not have access to education, and millions more that need better schooling. [UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon] recalled the words of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and youth activist who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, saying that ‘one teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world,’ and called on Governments to increase investment on education.”

You can read more about the UN celebration here.

As we prepare for World Day of Prayer 2014, something we will be thinking about is the importance of education, especially for undeserved populations.  In Egypt, the writer-country, this means migrant children, refugees, and girls.  Read more in our Take Action Guide.

What are your prayers on the International Day of Peace?

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Announcing: 2014 WDP Materials!

Click on the “Egypt 2014″ tab above for more information on the 2014 theme, ordering materials, and planning your service!

Welcome Letter

Prayers for Egypt

Sisters, the following letter comes from  the World Day of Prayer International Committee, asking for our prayers for Egypt in this turbulent time.Prayers for egypt 2013-08-15[1]

Happy International Day of Friendship!

Did you know that today is the International Day of Friendship?

Women from around the world becoming friends at the 2012 WDP International Meeting

Women from around the world becoming friends at the 2012 WDP International Meeting

The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

The resolution (A/RES/65/275) places particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity.

The Day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

To mark the International Day of Friendship the UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community towards promoting a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.

How do you celebrate international friendship and young leaders in your World Day of Prayer community?