This week is a significant ecumenical event with over 100 years of
history. Since 1908, the eight days between January 18-25 have been set
aside for Christians to remember who they are — a unified group with the
same foundation in Jesus Christ. Christians from around the world join
together in the same prayers prepared by a group from around the world,
that the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity appoints.
The Week of Prayer is especially important at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, for it
helps focus our understanding of the distinctive pattern of ecumenical faith
formation this school offers. For
centuries, Christians have spent an inordinate amount of time articulating what
distinguishes one group of Christians from the others. This one week of the year, at least, we ask all
to dig deeply down into what we have in common and how we stand in unity with
those of us who experience injustice and discrimination often unseen or unfelt
in our particular ecclesial communities.
The call to pray together rings loud and clear during this Week, as our
unity is most truly expressed when we are actively, physically in one another’s
presence while we pray in common.
For schedule, including worship gatherings during the week, see here.
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