Kit launched to get DOVE off the ground in NZ
The Decade to Overcome Violence (DOVE) is the World Council of Churches’ call for people to refuse to put up with violence, ask themselves how their own words and deeds increase the potential for violence, and challenge age-old assumptions about the necessity of violence.
The DOVE campaign in New Zealand received a fillip last month with the completion of a comprehensive resource kit that will be sent to 1500 ministry units (congregations, church schools, and social justice bodies). The kit was prepared by and for New Zealanders and contains locally-based resources and references.
DOVE co-ordinator Rev Robyn Cave says the decision to prepare the kit was made because decade is now four years old and still most churches are not actively promoting it. “Most people haven’t heard of it and this is an attempt to bring it to the grassroots.”
Included in the kit is a brochure that outlines the background of DOVE, guidelines for a three-step process to research and take action to end violence in your community, and a profile of New Zealand-based reading and worship resources. The kit also has a guide to writing a press release to advertise your congregation’s anti-violence efforts.
Described in the kit is the Timaru District Council’s effort to create a violence-free community. An enclosed page encourages groups to write their own Violence-free Charter.
A striking image that illustrates the kit and accompanying poster is two hand cupping a white feather. The feather is from the albatross (toroa) and it was associated with the 19th century prophet-leaders Te Whiti o Rogomai and Tohu Kaakahi who were associated with Parihaka. The emblem is intended to inspire people to make use of their own initiatives to address violence in their communities.