● The number of users of Facebook passed 1 billion in 2015. What has friendship become in the age of facebook? Consider the ideas shared in Rory Varrato’s TEDx talk. Contact a friend today who you haven’t been in touch with for a while.
● Find out how churches in your area are befriending those who are new to your community including those seeking refuge. Find inspiration and guidance on the Refugees Welcome website.
● Take time to care for yourself today.
● Send an appropriate care package to the refugee camps at a European crossing point such as Calais.
● Organise to watch the Age of Loneliness documentary (sometimes available via iPlayer) with a small group and discuss how to address the problem of loneliness in your church and wider community.
● Watch this clip to view how Damascus has been devastated by conflict.
● Pray for the Damascus Road conversion required for peace to be realised. Prayers are available from Christian Aid.
● Take action on behalf of those escaping conflict and seeking a safe place to call home.
● Look through an old photo album and reflect on those places and people who have shaped and taught you.
● Plan with your local congregations to go on a pilgrimage walk around your churches or visit a local heritage site or place of historical interest. Notice the stories of your shared history.
● Spend time connecting with creation today, for example, by watching a nature documentary, visiting a local park or going for a walk in a woodland.
● Connect with those new to your community by inviting their involvement in any local environmental projects. e.g. community gardens, allotments, recycling, tree planting.
● Read about the work of reconciliation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
● Explore the different ways people can be discriminated against.
● Ask someone for something you need today.
● View the Radi-Aid Awards (formerly the Rusty Radiator Awards) and seek to challenge stereotypes about who the needy are.
● Give those who are new to your community an opportunity to contribute – for example ask them to share in the cooking of a community meal.
● Watch the short film Tree of Life – an example of what was meant for destruction bringing restoration.
● Seek out stories, songs, poems or pictures from those seeking refuge in your community or country that describe their hopes for the future.
● Give thanks for the work of ACT Alliance, 140 churches and faith-based organisations working together in over 100 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people.