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Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 has been prepared by Christians from Indonesia. With a population of 265 million, 86% of whom are reckoned to be Muslim, Indonesia is well known as having the largest Muslim population of any country. However, about 10% of Indonesians are Christian from various traditions. In terms of both population and the vast extension of the country Indonesia is the biggest nation in South East Asia. The nation is founded on five principles called Pancasila, with the motto Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity). Across the diversity of ethnicity, language and religion, Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in solidarity and by collaboration. This always fragile harmony is today threatened in new ways. Much of the economic growth that Indonesia has experienced in recent decades has been built on a system that has competition at its heart. This is in stark contrast to the collaboration of gotong royong. Corruption is experienced in many forms. It infects politics and business, often with devastating consequences for the environment. In particular, corruption undermines justice and the implementation of law. Moved by these concerns, the Christians of Indonesia found that the words of Deuteronomy, “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue ...” (see Deut. 16:18-20) spoke powerfully to their situation and needs. Before the people of God enter the land God has promised them they renew their commitment to the Covenant God established with them.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Document Biblical Reflections and Prayers for the Eight Days
Those wishing to do bible studies on the week of prayer theme can use as a basis the biblical texts and reflections given in the "eight days". Each day the discussions can lead to a closing period of intercessory prayer.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2001
Document Ecumenical situation in Romania
Thanks to the great arc of the Carpathian Mountains, the Danube and the Black Sea, Romania is easy to find on any map. Culturally speaking it lies at the cross-roads between eastern and western Europe. Ninety-nine percent of its population of just over 22 million people call themselves Christian. As regards other communities of faith, there are 9,000 Jews and 56,000 Muslims. A few thousand people declare themselves to be atheists or of no faith.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2001
Document Order of Worship
At the centre of the worship service proposed for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2001 lies the theme for the week as chosen from John 14: 6: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life".
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2001
Document 2004 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2004
Document Prayer resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2004
We wish to thank all those who have granted permission for the publication of the above prayers on the WCC web site. We have made every effort to trace and identify them correctly and to secure all the necessary permissions for publication.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2004
Document 05 Prayers
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2005
Document 08 Prayers
Prayers for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2008
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2008
Document Songs
Songs for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2008
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2008
Document Worship and background material
Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. This year's theme for the week of prayer was chosen in the USA. The initial draft of material represents the working relationship between the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, the NCCCUSA, the USCCB and the Interchurch Center in their annual efforts in the United States to promote the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All those involved have taken special note of the 100th anniversary of the Church Unity Octave first observed at Graymoor, in Garrison, New York, from 18-25 January 1908. The preparation of the theme and texts celebrate the history of 100 years of prayer while calling for a reinvigoration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, hence the theme, ‘Pray without ceasing'.
Located in Resources / / XI. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / 2008