The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this year is from Saturday, January 18 to Saturday, January 25, 2020. You are invited to join Bishop Gary Gordon and leaders of other Christian faiths for the Closing Service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at the Nanaimo Ecumenical Centre, home to Trinity Catholic Church and Trinity United Church on Sunday, January 26 at 2 pm. A reception will follow after the service.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first proposed in 1908 as an observance within the Roman Catholic Church, and officially established as an annual observance by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity (the Holy See) and the World Council of Churches in 1948. For over 40 years, the Canadian Council of Churches and its partners, the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, have supported this ecumenical event in Canada.
As Christians from separated communities, we gather to pray for unity. This year, the theme and resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by different Christian Churches in Malta. The history of Christianity on Malta dates back to the time of the Apostles when, according to tradition, St. Paul reached its shores in the year 60 CE after being shipwrecked and was greeted with "unusual kindness". Hence the theme: "They showed us unusual kindness" (Acts 28:2). May this extraordinary love, respect, and kindness continue between all Christians throughout the year.
In attendance will be the Right Rev. Dr. Logan McMenamie, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of BC, Most Reverend Gary Gordon, Bishop of Victoria, Reverend Terry Richardson of Hope Lutheran in Nanaimo, and Reverend Foster Freed of Trinity United Church, Nanaimo.
For more information about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, visit: https://www.weekofprayer.ca/2020-wpcu-resources