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Church Unity Week

January 18, 2020 to January 25, 2020

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21).

Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services.

Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18–25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul.

The theme for 2020 is ‘Unusual Kindness’.

Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need.

The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together.

Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith.

Read more background to this years theme.

Download the pamphlet to see Prayer Resources for the week.

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