WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2017:
Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us
(cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20)
Thank you for your interest in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, an annual ecumenical celebration traditionally held from January 18 to 25. By coming together during this week, we join with the people around the world to pray for Christian unity – in worship, reflection, study, and fellowship.
This year, we rejoice in the opportunity to pray with the Christians of Germany. They have chosen as their theme “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us,” inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:14-20. They invite Christians around the world to celebrate God’s reconciling grace, call us to recognize the pain of the deep divisions which afflict the Church, and urge us to become ambassadors of Christ’s message of reconciliation.
You can use the resources on this website not only during the Week of Prayer itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united in the one Christ.
Ordering 2017 Canadian resources
This year, we’ve made a change in the way we offer Canadian Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials. We want to share the reasons for this change with you, let you know how you can access Canadian resources for this ecumenical celebration, and ask for your comments and feedback.
For many years, we have offered Canadian Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials as a set of printed resources that could be ordered by local communities and individuals. We have also shared an online version of these materials on our website.
Over the past few years, we have observed a shift in the use of Canadian Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources. Most communities and individuals now prefer to download materials from our website, rather than order a printed kit. A small proportion still order printed resources. It seems this shift represents a permanent change.
This change entails some practical consequences for us. In the past, we have partially offset the costs of layout and printing through asking you for a small contribution for each printed Canadian Week of Prayer kit. Although these contributions did not cover our full production costs, they enabled us to offer printed kits for the use of Canadian communities. Unfortunately, the steady decline in orders for printed resources has made this practice economically unfeasible for us. Still, we remain committed to offering you user-friendly, accessible, and flexible Canadian resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
As always, all 2017 Canadian materials are available on this website for download. Please consider a donation of $20 to help us cover the cost of production for these resources, and to support the ongoing work of the CCC and our vision for Christian unity. Support ecumenism in Canada by donating today.
Please share your comments and feedback about 2017 Canadian resources with us by filling out our Comments and Feedback form!
Share your 2017 Week of Prayer celebration with us
We delight in hearing how your community celebrates the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. If you want to share your service with us, and to have us promote it via CCC social media, please fill out this form.
The Canadian Writing Team
Each year, an international joint committee of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity prepares ecumenical resources for the Week of Prayer, including a theme and a focus Scripture text. National and regional councils of churches adapt these materials for use in their local context
For over 40 years, the Canadian Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Witness has assembled an ecumenical writing team to prepare Canadian Week of Prayer resources, including French translations and original materials. This Writing Team, made up of members from constituent churches of the CCC, meets in February and April to produce resources for the following year. Read this year’s letter from the Canadian Writing Team.