Sunday, 18 January 2015

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Sunday 18th January - Sunday 25th January 2015

19th - 23rd January at 12.00 noon
  Prayers followed by light lunch at Friends Meeting House, Telegraph Road

Sunday 25th at 6.30pm
  United Service for The week of Prayer for Christian Unity in URC
  The Speaker is Sister Breda FCJ

The Well is Deep

This year's theme comes to us from the churches of Brazil. Brazilians, who have traditionally been tolerant of their various social classes and ethnic groups, are now living through a time of growing intolerance made manifest in high levels of violence, especially against minorities and the vulnerable. The logic that undergirds this kind of behaviour is competition for the religious market. Increasingly, in Brazil, some Christian groups compete with one another for a place on the mass media, for new members and for public funds.

The Brazilian churches have begun to recognise that intolerance should be dealt with in a positive way - respecting diversity and promoting dialogue as a permanent path of reconciliation and peace in fidelity to the gospel. We can share this recognition. Although the competition between churches is less obvious in our islands, we are well aware that competition and violent discrimination lie beneath the surface of our lives together. Jesus challenges us to acknowledge that diversity is part of God's design, to approach one another in trust and to see the face of God in the face of all men and women.

Churches Together in Britain & Ireland: