Has Christ been divided? Week of Prayer for Christian Unity -2014
At least once a year, many Christians become aware of the great diversity of ways of adoring God. Hearts are touched and people realize that their neighbours' ways are not so strange. The event that touches off this special experience is something called the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Pulpits are exchanged and special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services are arranged. The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2014 is "Has Christ been divided?" (1 Cor 1:1-17).
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually between 18 January and 25 January. Traditionally celebrated between 18-25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere), the Week of Prayer enters into congregations and parishes all over the world. Ecumenical partners in a particular region are asked to prepare a basic text on a biblical theme.
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 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 contextualize it for their own use.
The initial work on the theme 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.
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