Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland

theology and unity

week of prayer for
christian unity

2012

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We will all be changed

Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, and we are called to live as children in the light. 

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012 comes to us from the churches in Poland, who have reflected upon their own experience as a nation, and in particular how, as a nation, they have been changed and transformed by the many upheavals of their history, and sustained by their faith.

Change is also at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church we are praying that the churches that we know and which are so familiar to us will change as they conform more closely to Christ. This is an exciting vision, but also a challenging one. Furthermore, when we pray for this transforming unity we are also praying for change in the world. 
     
 
   
Dates

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January - the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, some areas observe it at Pentecost or some other time. To allow for local decision making, the material has only the year on it and the days are denoted by the numbers one to eight, so you can use it at any time of year.

    
Christian Aid

We are pleased that this year, for the first time, Christian Aid link to external website has participated in the preparation of these materials and you will find within the resources some important pointers to the vital work of Christian Aid in the relief of poverty and in changing our world to one which is more just.


Resources

The resources for 2012 are available as downloads from our resources page. There is also an order form to purchase the material in a published format.

Resources from 201120102009 and 2008 are also still available to download.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012

Download 2012 resources
Week of Prayer 2012 Our pamphlet for 2012 includes daily reflections and an order of service, available to buy in printed form or as a free download. 
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Week of Prayer interview
Revd Bob Fyffe, General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland Listen to Bob Fyffe, General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, discuss the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Ireland's KFM radio.
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