“Prayer, charity and fasting are not medicines meant only for ourselves but for everyone: they can change history. First, because those who experience their effects almost unconsciously pass them on to others; but above all, because prayer, charity and fasting are the principal ways for God to intervene in our lives and in the world.”Pope Francis, Ash Wednesday 2022
CALLS TO ACTION:
E-mail the Minister of the Environment
Download the template letter to write to Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault here, and join others calling for a bill to address environmental racism and justice!
Sign the Petition: devp.org/act
What Is Fasting?
Fasting is usually a period of voluntarily going without food, focusing our attention on our relationship with God. But for many reasons, not everyone can go without food! Christians can fast from anything we feel attached to. For example, you might want to fast from social media or your cellphone. For THINKfast, choose a fast appropriate to you! The two big things to consider are: is it safe for me, and is it a sacrifice?
Every Lent, we raise funds through our Share Lent campaign to support the projects of our partners in the Global South (Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East). These projects contribute to the resilience of communities facing the challenges of climate change and a global pandemic. THINKfast is one major way we raise those funds, fasting in solidarity with all those who hunger and thirst for justice!
This year, Development and Peace is hosting our 3rd annual virtual (and our 34th annual!) THINKfast. We will be fasting from Thursday March 10th at 4pm EST to Friday March 11th at 4pm EST. To bring us together as we fast across Canada, our animators have planned everything from games to guests!
We will gather at different times online during the fast for prayer, song, social justice activities, and games. Check out the schedule below! To participate online, be sure to register below!
How Do I Fundraise?
If you are a school or a parish, or an individual who would like to join our National THINKfast fundraising page, please click “join our team” below and register a page for your school, your parish, or yourself. Alternatively, you may simply share our national page directly to join us and raise funds – no set up necessary!
What Will We Do for 24 Hours?
On Thursday evening at 8:00pm EST, we’ll watch “There’s Something in the Water“, a powerful documentary that explores the topic of environmental racism in Canada. Ingrid Waldron will join us after the screening for a special Q&A and call to action! Download the template letter to write to Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault here, and join others calling for a bill to address environmental racism and justice!
If you’ve already seen There’s Something in the Water, feel free to stream an alternative film. We recommend The True Cost (1.5 hour runtime; on the ecological impact of the fast fashion industry; 50 min version) and The Future Lies with Youth (40 min runtime; a great documentary made by CIDSE, a Caritas network)! Either way, be sure to return at 9:20 for our special Q&A with Ingrid Waldron directly!
On Friday morning at 10:30 am EST, one of Development and Peace’s partners from the Global South, Isaac Osuoka from Social Action Nigeria, will share his powerful presentation “The Human Cost of Climate Change”. Come discern how our faith is calling us to respond!
In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis says solidarity means “thinking and acting in terms of community.” THINKfast has always been about building community, both globally and with those gathered locally to fast and have fun.
As part of our hybrid THINKfast, we’re providing three fun, in-person activities for schools and communities, adapted for social distancing! Check out the descriptions below to find out which one might best fit your needs. Each activity is also a great lead-in to getting students involved in D&P’s People and Planet First petition campaign, so consider making the MHREDD petition part of your THINKfast! Instructions on how to run all three activities are available in this folder, along with some other past THINKfast favourites and liturgical resources. We can’t wait to hear how they go—take pictures! Tag @devpeace and use #thinkfast2022
Canada is home to 75% of the world’s mining companies. While we all need resources that come from the earth, D&P’s partners often tell us that Canadian mining companies are responsible for environmental and human rights abuses in their communities. In this activity, participants build a playdough home on top of a cookie—and then have to mine out the precious chocolate chips as best they can without disturbing the community! Full outline here.
Though our human family is spread across the globe, we are all integrally connected. In this Solidarity Circle activity, participants take part in a visual example of this profound point by holding a string, rope, or piece of yarn representing solidarity. The activity drives home the challenging realities the poorest in the world face, and how only a strong thread of solidarity can help us overcome these realities. Full outline here.
Catholic Social Teaching is a profound way of orienting ourselves as people of faith in a complex and unjust world. But CST is not as simple as just doing what the church tells us to do! CST invites us into a creative relationship with the world and our conscience. Using the “See, Judge, Act” process, this activity encourages students to name the world events around them, and explore how the principles of CST can help them navigate big issues! Full outline here.
There are many different liturgical resources on our activities database. We’ve also created a folder of our favourite THINKfast-specific ones. And we couldn’t resist sharing this beautiful mass for the World Day of the Poor, created by youth of the Caritas Internationalis confederacy!
Voices from the Global South
If you’re unable to join our “Voices from the Global South” D&P partner presentation on Friday, March 11th (10:30 – 11:30 am EST), we recommend watching a pre-recorded one, for example: