Young girl protesting, Black Lives Matter

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The week of prayer—focusing on people who continue to suffer from racial discrimination and xenophobia in various parts of the world—begins on 19 March. The WCC is providing materials for each day that include songs, scriptures, reflections, and more.

Collectively, the material shows how a just and inclusive world is possible only when all are able to live with dignity and justice. Many nations and peoples—from India to Guyana and other countries—are highlighted in the reflections, which are appropriate for both individuals and groups.

The UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is held on the anniversary of the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in 1960.

The prayers are an invitation to stand in prayerful solidarity with one another across regions, and condemn all manifestations of racial injustice.


Find here daily prayers for the "Week of Prayer for Overcoming Racism and Xenophobia", 19-25 March 2023