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Jan 19, 2015

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2015


Week of prayer for Christian unity 2015

The Well is Deep


 

Bishop Brendan Leahy spoke to an ecumenical gathering in Tuam on Thurday evening. His speaking notes are HERE

 

This year's theme comes to us from the churches of Brazil. Brazilians, who have traditionally been tolerant of their various social classes and ethnic groups, are now living through a time of growing intolerance made manifest in high levels of violence, especially against minorities and the vulnerable. The logic that undergirds this kind of behaviour is competition for the religious market. Increasingly, in Brazil, some Christian groups compete with one another for a place on the mass media, for new members and for public funds.

 

The Brazilian churches have begun to recognise that intolerance should be dealt with in a positive way - respecting diversity and promoting dialogue as a permanent path of reconciliation and peace in fidelity to the gospel. We can share this recognition. Although the competition between churches is less obvious in our islands, we are well aware that competition and violent discrimination lie beneath the surface of our lives together. Jesus challenges us to acknowledge that diversity is part of God's design, to approach one another in trust and to see the face of God in the face of all men and women.

 

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.

 

Material for 2015 - The Well is Deep:

 

Main booklet  www.ctbi.org.uk/pdf_view.php?id=965

Main Booklet as Gaeilge HERE

 

Large print version of pamphlet HERE

Prayers and reflections for the eight days HERE

 

Other resources available to download or purchase as paper copies are on this page: http://www.ctbi.org.uk/682