The Office of Christian Unity and
Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR) of the Council of Bishops is encouraging
United Methodists around the world to participate in the annual Week of Prayer
for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2014.
participate in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to remind ourselves that
we belong to Christ, and that we are one family in Christ,” said Bishop Mary
Ann Swenson, ecumenical officer for the council.
is the theme for this year’s observance.
Resources, including posters, daily scripture, prayer guides, bulletins,
pulpit announcements and prayer cards, are available online from the Graymoor
Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.
“There are so many church-dividing issues to contend with
these days that many of us are very weary,” said the Rev.
Stephen Sidorak, ecumenical staff officer for
the OCUIR. “During this special week set aside for intentional and communal
prayer for Christian unity let us appreciate once more our need to rely less on
ourselves and more on the Lord to show us the denominational and ecumenical way
In addition to
constant prayer during the designated week, Christians are encouraged to
continue prayer for unity throughout the entire year, especially at noon each
in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year in
cities and towns across the country and around the world. The theme and text
for each year’s observance are chosen and prepared by representatives of the
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the
World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted and
published for use in the USA by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious