Seeking Host Churches for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Services
Dear Pastors and Leaders,
For the past two years, the Institute for Christian Unity and UniteBoston have partnered together to host Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gatherings. In 2017, there were nightly liturgically-oriented prayer and worship gatherings with churches from a variety of ethnicities, traditions, and geography. We also hosted a large worship service on January 21st in alignment with the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, that had over 8 co-sponsors and was attended by over 800 people. In 2018, we focused on fellowship across our congregations, and hosted 7 dinners in different neighborhoods in alignment with the launch of UniteBoston’s neighborhood dinner initiative.
In 2019, the theme is “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue,” (Deuteronomy 16:20). This year’s prayer service includes reflection on the recurring situations that bring divisions and conflicts and our calling as members of the body of Christ to pursue and embody justice.
UniteBoston is currently seeking interest among a variety of local pastors for hosting a prayer service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18 to 25, 2019). The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity includes a wide variety of churches from very different traditions, polity and theology, and while it can be challenging to come together, this is a crucial time to witness to the reconciling peace and justice found in our Christian faith.
Click here for more information about this year’s theme and expectations for hosting. Please email Kelly Fassett (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested in hosting one of the services by December 5th. This will allow us time to consider all the night-to-night prayer and worship gatherings and neighborhood dinners and finalize the schedule. Thanks so much for your commitment to Christian unity in Boston!