When? Week of 18-25 January

 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed during "the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul" 

Materials for 2022, hosted in the UK by CTBI, have been prepared by the churches of the Middle East. We Saw His Star in the East… takes as its starting point the gospel story of the Magi visiting the Holy Family in Bethlehem. The authors say: “The Magi have sometimes been seen as a symbol of the world’s diversity – different religions and cultures – that comes to pay homage to the Christ-child.” Recognising disunity and strife within the Middle East and worldwide, the resources affirm “a light to lead the way to the Saviour who is the light that overcomes darkness”.

(NOTE: For 2022, note that CTBI has made its resources available to download only. Printed versions will not be available to order.)

Take a look at some of the hymns in Singing the Faith that speak of life and unity in the Church.

We also highlight hymns published on this site that explore the realities of accepting diverse views and concerns within a united Christian community.

The Methodist Church has a number of formal ecumenical partnerships and covenant agreements. See also: Are Christians really interested in one another?

To explore further what we mean when we're talking about "Christian unity" and why many people think it's important and (crucially) biblical, two reports are worth taking some time with:

The Church: towards a common vision, published in 2013 by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and debated  by a plenary session of the WCC Central Committee in June 2020.

The bishop and Christian Unity, a handbook published by the Vatican in December 2020 to assist Catholic Bishops in fulfilling their ecumenical responsibilities.