#RedWednesday - Stand up for Faith and Freedom
#Red Wednesday 2017 – Stand up for Faith and Freedom on Wednesday 22nd November 2017
This autumn we are asking you, once again, to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs. Building on our successful campaign launch last year, we will be holding a week of events from 19 – 26 November with #RedWednesday as the highlight on Wednesday 22 November.
Red is the Christian colour of martyrdom. Christians are the most persecuted faith group in today’s world and #RedWednesday will honour all Christians who suffer and die for their faithfulness to Christ’s message of peace and love.
#RedWednesday will shine a light on Christian persecution but also highlight the injustices perpetrated against other faith groups.
Simply because of their religious beliefs, people in many parts of the world suffer:
- Denial of jobs
- Physical abuse
- False imprisonment
Our campaign calls for respect and tolerance for people of faith and between different faith traditions.
We want our second annual #RedWednesday to be a bigger and better opportunity for Christians and others around the UK to show solidarity for our persecuted brothers and sisters.
This is important because the rights of people of faith are largely ignored in a society whose secular focus knows little about religion and cares even less.
You, your parish, school, group or community can change that.
By wearing red, lighting buildings or landmarks red (with permission and if they are already floodlit) and holding peaceful prayer events, the UK and the world will take notice. Your voice on behalf of the voiceless will be heard – people power!
Last November, thanks to one couple approaching their local MP, the Houses of Parliament lit red and one MP secured the lighting red of Bolton Town Hall – so great things can be achieved. Just let us have your pledge to get involved by completing the form below so that we can keep you up to date.
LED Floodlights will accept a Red High Temperature Lighting Gel, available from theatrical and lighting suppliers. You can find a range of suppliers online by searching for ‘high temperature lighting gel for LED floodlights’. Make sure you select a deep red, otherwise your building could display as pink.
A huge thank-you to everyone who showed their support for #RedWednesday
It was fantastic to see so many people making a stand for faith and freedom and honouring those who have suffered because of their religion, prior to the launch of the Religious Freedom in the World Report 2016.
Many places across the country got involved and lit up red such as Portsmouth Cathedral, Lambeth Palace, Stonyhurst College, The Palace of Westminster, Jewish Liberal Synagogue in St John’s Wood, Imam Khoei Islamic Centre, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, and many many more.
Hundreds also wore red to show their solidarity and shared their pictures in honour of Red Wednesday, including schools such as the Salvatorian College, St Vincent de Paul primary school and The Sacred Heart Language College.
We cannot thank-you enough to all those who got involved and supported #RedWednesday, to show a profound act of solidarity across different faiths.
Westminster Cathedral floodlit red in solidarity Copyright: Weenson Oo
Pupils from St Vincent de Paul Primary School waving off the #RedWednesday bus Copyright: Weenson Oo
Al Khoei Foundation, London, standing for faith and freedom Copyright: Weenson Oo
United in solidarity at Westminster Abbey Copyright: Weenson Oo
The Palace of Westminster sound #RedWednesday Copyright: Weenson Oo
Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, standing together for #RedWednesday Copyright: Weenson Oo
The #RedWednesday bus outside St Pauls Cathedral Copyright: Weenson Oo
Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir performing at the #RedWednesday prayer vigil, Westminster Cathedral Copyright: Weenson Oo
Videos from #RedWednesday
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Social Media resources
- #RedWednesday twitter header
- #RedWednesday facebook header
- #RedWednesday poster
- #RedWednesday Leaflet
- #RedWednesday Assembly 1
- #RedWednesday Assembly 2
- #RedWednesday Lesson Plan
- #RedWednesday Parish Prayer Service
- #RedWednesday School Prayer Service
- Go To Mass for someone who Cannot
- #RedWednesday Prayer Service