Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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.
The printed pamphlet contains the service outline along with Bible readings, reflections and prayers for the eight days for use at home, in church or in a group.
Additional resources including a slide show and a poster to print will be available for free from https://ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer.
Resources for 2019 have been prepared by Christians from Indonesia. Indonesians have lived by the principle of gotong royong which is to live in “solidarity and by collaboration”. But gotong royong sits ill at ease with the neo-liberal approach to economics that has led to economic growth, and corruption infecting politics and business, often with devastating effects on the environment. As a consequence, a country rich in resources bears the burden of many people living in poverty.
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.
The Churches of Indonesia, from whom the material comes, speak out of a context of ethnic and religious diversity, and where there is a strong emphasis upon the need for a unity that is found in diversity, and one built on solidarity and collaboration. Yet they also highlight issues of economic injustice and how religious pluralism can face challenges in the face of radicalization.
Bob Fyffe, General Secretary, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland – in the 2019 Pamphlet