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I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.


As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.


-- John 17:20-21, NRSV

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North Carolina Churches Praising Together

By Sarah McKinney

Joint Service“A glimpse of heaven!” is how Rev. Olaf van de Klashorst’s described the ecumenical gathering on Sunday, January 25, 2015.  Three churches within 4 miles of each other gathered to praise God together.

Pastor Olaf serves Mount Bethel Evangelical Covenant Church on Highway 65 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  Mount Bethel hosted a celebration for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Also participating was Glencoe United Methodist Church served by the Rev. Dr. Edward McKinney and Liberty Wesleyan Church served by the Rev. Danny Janes.

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UMs and Episcopalians celebrate Eucharistic Sharing Agreement

 The week of Christian Unity became real in tangible and spiritual ways on January 25, 2015 at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. when Christ set the banquet table and the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell served Communion to the people of God in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches.

Her actions in the sanctuary were hailed by leaders of both denominations as “historic” as she brought the Interim Eucharistic Sharing Agreement to life in a way that “significantly deepens the expression and practice of Christian unity,” said Bishop Marcus Matthews of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church. (Read more ... )

 
Christian Unity Gathering

NCC logoThe 2015 Christian Unity Gathering will be held May 7-9,  outside of Washington, DC at the Hilton Washington Dulles International Airport. This year's gathering will continue to focus on Mass Incarceration as well as spend significant time examining Interfaith Relations with an emphasis on Peace. In addition, there will be a special service of commemeration for the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide held at the Washington National Cathedral. This service will include visitors from around the world and from many levels of government as well. 

More details about the gathering including schedule can be found on the NCC website at http://www.nationalcouncilofchurches.us/events/CUG2015.php

  

 

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Resources Available for Week of Christian Unity

Bishop Mary Ann SwensonThe 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, 2015.

“We 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.

 

 

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