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Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017
It was in the context of the Reformation Anniversary that the Council of Churches in Germany took up the work of creating the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017. It quickly became clear that the materials for this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity would need to have two accents: on the one hand, there should be a celebration of God’s love and grace, the “justification of humanity through grace alone”, reflecting the main concern of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation. On the other hand, the materials should also recognize the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the Church, openly name the guilt, and offer an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation. Ultimately it was Pope Francis’ 2013 Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”) which provided the theme for this year, when it used the quote: “The Love of Christ Compels Us” (Paragraph 9). With this scripture (2 Cor 5:14), taken in the context of the entire fifth chapter of the second letter to the Corinthians, the German committee formulated the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2017
Document The Love of Christ Compels Us
Theme song for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017​. Text: Thomas Stubenrauch 2016, English: Neville Williamson © the authors Tune: Peter Sohren 1668, Halle 1704 (GL 463 / EG 506: Wenn ich, o Schöpfer, deine Macht)
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2017
Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018
Today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one. It is a song of triumph over oppression. This theme has been taken up in a hymn, The Right Hand of God, written in a workshop of the Caribbean Conference of Churches in August 1981, which has become an “anthem” of the ecumenical movement in the region, translated into a number of different languages.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2018
Document Homily during morning prayer at the Ecumenical Centre
Reflection on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 by Dr Ani Ghazaryan Drissi, WCC Faith and Order programme executive.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2018
Document Faith and Order agenda and the African region
David K. Yemba, current moderator of the Faith and Order Commission and Dean of the Africa University in Mutare, Zimbabwe, discusses the content and reception of Faith and Order work in Africa, and the effect of African churches on the ecumenical movement in general.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XII. Essays
Document Faith and Order publications list
Official numbered publications of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Faith and Order Commission
Document Minutes of the Meeting at the Monastery of Caraiman
Faith and Order Paper No. 222
Located in Resources / / WCC commissions and working groups / Faith and Order Commission
Document Communiqué: Called to Dialogue
Communiqué on ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue in conversation, produced at a meeting organized by the WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order and the WCC programme for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation, from 12 to 14 May 2014
Located in Resources / / WCC programmes / Interreligious dialogue and cooperation
Document Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012
Reflections by Tamara Grdzelidze, programme executive of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Visible unity
Document Report of the Governance and Nominations Committee
Report concerning the membership of WCC governing and consultative bodies as well as by laws, among other issues, as approved by the WCC Central Committee.
Located in Resources / / WCC Central Committee / Geneva, 2014