Praying hands

Photo: Albin Hillert/ Life on Earth Pictures

The closing prayer was held on 25 March, the UN International Day for the Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

In one of the opening prayers, Rev. Dr Angelique Walker-Smith, strategist for Pan-African and Orthodox Faith Engagement, Bread for the World, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA governing board member, and WCC president from North America, said: God of the universe, all praise honour and glory be to you. You are an awesome God whose ways are unfathomable but always based on love for all.”

Bishop Everald L. Galbraith, president of the Conference of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, shared a reflection. This world is Gods world, and the peoples are all Gods creation,” he said.

Those gathered also, within the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle, prayed for the churches and people of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. Resources for the prayer were drawn from the Week of Prayer for Overcoming Racism and Xenophobia 

and prayers prepared by Pan African Women of Ecumenical Empowerment Network - PAWEEN.


WCC shares Week of Prayer for Overcoming Racism and Xenophobia (WCC news release, 21 March 2024)

Learn more about the WCC work on overcoming Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia