Rev. John Gilmore, president of the National Council of Churches in Australia, reflected that our Christian witness is not helped by division, and is all the more complex when we have so much in common.
“Our prayer is for a growth in our unity as Christian communities and, as we pray, we anticipate a renewed connected witness to the God who unifies us,” said Gilmore. “We continue to pray for renewed relationships with Australia’s First Peoples and non-indigenous Australians.”
Each year ecumenical partners in a different region are asked to prepare the materials. The Minnesota Council of Churches, based in the USA, was the convener for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2023 drafting group.
Christians from Minnesota developed the the resources with input from an international group representing the Roman Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Church’s Faith and Order Commission.
The resources include an ecumenical opening prayer service, biblical reflections and prayers for eight days, and other elements of worship.
The materials for 2023 are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Arabic.