Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014, 18-25 January

By Press Office
January 17, 2014

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated between 18-25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere) and enters into congregations and parishes all over the world. The theme for the week of prayer in 2014 is "Has Christ been divided?" (1 Corinthians 1.1-17).

Ecumenical partners in a particular region are asked to prepare a basic text on a biblical theme. Then an international group with WCC-sponsored (Protestant and Orthodox) and Roman Catholic participants edits this text and ensures that it is linked with the search for the unity of the church.

The initial work on the theme for 2014 was prepared by a group of representatives from different parts of Canada, brought together at the invitation of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism.

The text is jointly published by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and WCC, through the WCC's Commission on Faith and Order, which also accompanies the entire production process of the text. The final material is sent to member churches and Roman Catholic dioceses, and they are invited to translate the text and contextualise it for their own use.

* 2014 brochure: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/wcc-commissions/faith-a...

* Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/wpcu

* Resources from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI): http://www.ctbi.org.uk/658

* World Council of Churches (WCC): http://www.oikoumene.org/en

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