- Churches Together in England
- Churches Together in Britain and Ireland
- World Council of Churches
"This sacred Council
calls upon all the Catholic faithful to recognise the signs
of the times and to play an informed part in the work of ecumenism."
Vatican Council Decree On Ecumenism
DEPARTMENT FOR ECUMENISM
Head: Rev. Gordon Ryan
Ecumenical Officer: Mrs. Andrea Murray
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Living the Joy of the Gospel
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 from Wednesday 18 to Wednesday 25 January 2017 – Crossing Barriers
This year’s material was produced by the churches in Germany based on 2 Corinthians 5: 14-20.
There are fifty million Christians in Germany who, traditionally, have mostly belonged to the Roman Catholic Church or one of the Protestant State Churches. Recent developments, particularly the reception of refugees and asylum seekers, have begun to change this balance and other Christian traditions are finding expression. Whilst that which unites the churches is stronger than that which divides, there are still areas of difference in which the churches remain self-absorbed or construct new walls.
As the churches in Germany discerned how to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther making public his 95 theses, a way was sought whereby they could stand together. After extensive and sometimes difficult discussions, the churches of Germany found inspiration in Evangelii Gaudium, the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, which encourages acts of repentance and reconciliation, because ‘the Love of Christ compels us’ (2 Corinthians 5:14).
The text from 2 Corinthians announces that God has, in Christ, reconciled the world to himself. The love of Christ compels us to be ambassadors of this reconciliation and calls for a moment of repentance before we draw from the well of forgiveness. Such repentance acknowledges division, names the reasons and acknowledges the walls of human sinfulness. Reconciliation is enacted by dismantling the walls. Those who have been reconciled in Christ are called, in turn, to proclaim this reconciliation in word and deed, to all the world. The world needs ambassadors of reconciliation who will break down walls, build bridges and open doors to new ways of life.
Resources for the Week of Prayer can be found at the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website.
Alternatively, please contact Andrea Murray by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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