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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Begins

Wednesday January 17 2018

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity traditionally begins tomorrow (Thursday January 18).

The theme for this year’s week, the 111th year that it has been marked, is ‘That All May Be Free’, from Moses and Miriam’s song of triumph over oppression in Exodus chapter 15.

Materials have been developed by churches in the Caribbean and address contemporary issues in the region and further afield: human trafficking and modern-day slavery, addiction to pornography and drugs, debt and challenges to family life.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials reflect on healing both these wounds and the wounds in the body of Christ that lead to disunity.

Each of the daily reflections also includes Go and Do action points provided by Christian Aid, linking to the charity’s work in poverty relief and advocacy of justice.

This year churches can also show their support for Christian Unity by posting unity messages and details of events to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall, by adding the #wpcuwall hashtag to their tweets.

The Week began in 1908 as the Octave of Christian Unity, and was gradually adopted by various denominations over the following 50 years. It is usually marked between the Feast of the Confession of Peter on January 18 and the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25, although some areas observe it in the approach to Pentecost, or at other times.

You can download the prepared materials from https://chbookshop.hymnsam.co.uk/books/9780851694054/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2018-english-pamphlet



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