noun: the principle or aim of promoting unity among the world's Christian Churches
Seeking unity between both Christian and non-Christian faiths the Ecumenism and Inter-faith Committee fosters and maintains communication and understanding. Whether it is arranging prayer services with local churches, an evening of faith sharing with the local mosque, or participating in and publicizing various diocesan wide events, the members of this committee continue to live out their belief that faith-filled peace can be a reality.
Abiding in Christ – The Fruit of Communion
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25
The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins next week, Jan. 18-25. I encourage you to find every opportunity to pray for the unity of all Christians according to the prayer of Christ in John 17: "that all may be one ... so that the world may believe."
Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit (Jn. 15:1-17)
The 2021 resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by an ecumenical contemplative community of women at Grandchamps in Switzerland. My short reflection on the theme is published in the January issue of Living with Christ. I have attached the text to this email. Please feel free to share it with your friends and invite them to enter into this period of spiritual ecumenism.
The 2021 theme calls us to pray and work for reconciliation and unity in the church, with our human family, and with all of creation. Drawing on the Gospel image of vine and branches, it invites us to nourish unity with God and with one another through contemplative silence, prayer, and common action. Grafted into Christ the vine as many diverse branches, may we bear rich fruit and create new ways of living, with respect for and communion with all of creation.
"Half an Hour of Hymns" for Christian Unity, Sunday, Jan. 17 at 2:30pm
First Presbyterian Church in Regina is hosting a livestream hymn sing (socially distanced with a few ecumenical guests) as we begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Join them to sing together into greater unity and cooperation between Christian denominations. Sing along live on the FirstPresbyterian Facebook page
WPCU 2021 virtual 8-day Bible study
Hosted by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the Regina Council of Churches, this study is free and open to all. A different Christian leader will guide us each day as we explore the theme "Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit" (John 15:5-9).
Join us Monday, January 18 to Monday January 25 from 12:15-1:00pm CST (except Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1:00pm CST)
Join the Zoom meeting or watch the YouTube livestream at your convenience
WPCU 2021 Online Ecumenical Service
Finish up the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by joining Christians across the country in prayer. Register to attend this service planned by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism (Montréal) on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3pm (Eastern). The service is bilingual. Register to receive the Zoom or YouTube links