Caring for the planet, for our societies, for the common home where humanity lives, is the central theme of the next United World Week, from 1 to 8 May. Global events and actions for peace and fraternity with a focus on the Middle East.
From 1 to 8 May, the “United World Week” will take place on all five continents, eight days promoted by the communities of the Focolare Movement around the world, involving professionals, families and institutions in actions for peace, fraternity and unity. Eight days to form public opinion globally by raising awareness about the needs of people, about the urgency of an ecological conversion. “Care” is thus understood as attention and action and becomes the privileged means to build new interpersonal relationships and between peoples and nations for peace.
The Middle East, with its riches and contradictions, will be the beating heart of the Week this year, with contributions from Lebanon, Syria and Jordan: a geographical area whose inhabitants are well aware of the tragedy of war, and therefore know more than others how to work for peace and unity, at this time so threatened also in Europe. The Middle East is also a place where working for integral ecology is becoming increasingly important in order to rebuild a reality where social unease is very strong.
There will be many local actions, some of international importance, during these days: starting on Sunday 1 May, at 1.00 pm, with live worldwide streaming on www.unitedworldproject.org: in-depth analysis, experiences, connections from the world, projects on how the different continents are preparing to live this week.
On the same platform, it will also be possible to follow the United World Week Podcast, a daily news program reporting the main events with a daily focus on a piece of the world.
Other appointments: in Johannesburg on 7 May an action will have place aiming to care for the environment by cleaning a deprived area. In Bolivia, a group of young people will deliver school supplies to a small school in the Bolivian Highlands at 3900 m above sea level, an example of integral promotion of care for the person. In Italy, in Loppiano (FI) there will be the usual appointment on 1 May, with the event entitled “Recharge” and then there will be meetings and forums on dialogue, peace and care for the planet; the calendar is available on the United World Project web page.
On Sunday 8 May the United World Week will be closed by launching the commitment for the next year, linked to the campaign #daretocare and the world sports relay “Run4Unity”: boys and girls from different ethnic groups, cultures and religions will run together from 11:00 to 12:00 (in different time zones) in order to give witness to their commitment to peace and to promote a tool to achieve it: the Golden Rule.
Communications Office, Focolare Movement, Press Release – 29 April 2022
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