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Document Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016
The calling shared by all the baptized to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord forms the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for 2016. Inspired by two verses from the First Letter of St Peter, members of different churches in Latvia prepared the resources for the week.
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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
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 / / 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
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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