Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Turns out the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity started last Friday and is scheduled through...this coming Friday. Guess that's why it's called a "week of prayer," although the WCC* does suggest using the theme to pray for Christian unity throughout 2013.

Great idea.

The theme, "What does God require of us?" is anchored in one of my all-time favorite passages from Hebrew scripture -- Micah 6:6-8. I've had it posted on my desk for years and am always stirred by the words: "To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."

Happy to pray this verse with more intentionality this week and during 2013 while adding this kicker: "without being a dogmatic jerk."

* Find resources jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches by clicking here


  1. Meredith, I have this framed in my bedroom as it is one of my favourite passages as well but I think I like it even better with your little "kicker"!

  2. In my bedroom? Jeremiah 33:2-3: Thus saith the Lord, Call unto me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not."

    Yes, KJV. Sometimes it works bestesth.

  3. With gratitude to the Graymoor Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in Garrison, New York who started this annual observance more than 100 years ago. Originally an Episcopal order, they became a Roman Catholic monastic community but have kept ecumenism as their mission. May it be as Jesus prayed, that we all may be one.


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