The 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on 18 January. The week is sometimes referred to as the “Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity”, with its eight days running from the feast of St Peter to that of St Paul (25 January).
Resources for the week have been prepared by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). This year, their starting point is the Christian aspiration: That All May Be Free, and the materials raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean.
“Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challenged to consider our manner of welcoming of the stranger into our midst. Human trafficking and modern-day slavery continue to be huge issues. Addiction to pornography and drugs continue to be serious challenges to all societies. The debt crisis has a negative impact upon the nations and upon individuals – the economies of the nations and people have become precarious. Family life continues to be challenged by the economic restrictions which lead to migration, domestic abuse and violence.”
Using the work of the Caribbean Churches as a model, the reflections (over eight days), together with a worship liturgy, focus on the idea of healing the wounds in the body of Christ. “Reconciliation demands repentance, reparation and the healing of memories,” the authors write. “The whole Church is called to be both a sign and an active agent of this reconciliation.”
Here on Singing the Faith Plus we 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.
Finally, an article for reflection and discussion: Are Christians really interested in one other?