Faith Event: ‘Streams in the Desert,’ Christian Women, World Day of Prayer

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Christian Women, World Day of Prayer – 7 March 2014

The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.

  • It is a movement initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions.
  • It is a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are welcome.
  • It is a movement which brings together women of various races, cultures and traditions in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.

Through World Day of Prayer, women around the world:

  • affirm their faith in Jesus Christ
  • share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs.

Through World Day of Prayer, women are encouraged:

  • to become aware of the whole world and no longer live in isolation
  • to be enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures
  • to take up the burdens of other people and pray with and for them
  • to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society.

Through World Day of Prayer, women affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world. The motto of the World Day of Prayer is “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action”.

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  1. I’m not a woman, but I’m praying for you as women. But since this blog is “interfaith”, not inter-christian traditions, why not having a day of prayer for women of all religions, and even non-deist ones !? Time to open up to everyone.

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    • Thanks for your comments, Martin.

      Yes, we thought about whether to post this event because it wasn’t an interfaith response to International Women’s Day. However, it was a spiritual response and we’ve had a policy of posting spiritual/faith events under the banner of “multifaith” if they’re inclusive of people who aren’t usually represented in other forums, for example, the Wisdom Keepers of Peru Australian Tour, or if they show a spiritual/faith response to a global issue, such as sacred activism or eco-faith.

      While there is generally plenty of Christian representation, we consider women’s issues to be global and there are millions of Christian women in many developing countries who have little sovereignty over their own lives and bodies, but who could, on this day, pray together and that alone must be a nourishing, supportive and empowering thing to do.

      The women’s movement and the interfaith movement are moving closer and closer together. As you’d know, in many countries, the issues for women are created/impacted by their religions and cultures, such as forced marriages of girls, or bans on contraception. It’s a vexed issue and one we take very seriously.

      There were several interfaith responses to International Women’s Day and we posted those as well. We try to be balanced but if you know of events we’re not currently posting, please send them to us at interfaithnet@gmail.com

      Your point about non-deist religions has been raised by other commentators on this blog, as has the atheist point of view as a valid interfaith expression. We agree and will put more effort into finding and posting these events.

      Thanks again for taking the time to post your comments.

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