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One World Week

21 November 2014


From Dr Roger Williamson
Sir, - Having chaired One World Week during the 1990s, when I worked for the Board for Social Responsibility, I was saddened to see your report (News, 14 November) that funding pressures may force the organisation to close.

This year, I preached at an exemplary local event in Mere, Wiltshire. It was typical of the initiatives taken for many years by churches and activists: local schoolchildren had made chains of commitments on the environment and other issues, the spread of churches were represented, and we celebrated campaigns that we have been involved in - fairtrade bananas, debt relief, and so on.

What other organisation provides such an open framework - interfaith - and yet with the clear opportunities for specifically Christian worship, reaching out to schools and towns; educational and challenging, but leaving huge scope for local originality?

Very few (if any other) initiatives offer this kind of opportunity for local initiative and international vision. It would be a pity if the organisation were to die and the field be left to the multiplicity of "single-issue" organisations. It would indeed be a pity if development and other organisations stop funding the minimal secretariat that has made so much possible for so many years.

Is our vision still the "healing of the nations", or has it shrunk to "my favourite cause"?

The Toll House, London Road
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