The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international initiative where Christians worldwide are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17:21).
Locally, UniteBoston coordinates evening collaborative gatherings of fellowship, prayer and worship from January 18-25 annually.
We are hoping that God will grant the most inclusive, full-spectrum Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ever in this area, for the sake of Jesus’ own prayer: “Father, that they may be one… so that the world may believe.” (Jn 17:21).
Last January, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, hundreds of us gathered at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury for an amazing day of fellowship and learning, and an especially moving prayer service. Click here to read photos and testimonies from this historic gathering! As Cardinal O’Malley reminded us at that service, “Today we have seen amazing things.”
And we have continued to see amazing things throughout 2017, as the Holy Spirit has been at work throughout greater Boston in many contexts bringing Christians together across many of our historic divisions.
It is our desire to not just repeat an experience this year, but to take a next step in enriching the relational connections that were made last year. It seems that most appropriate one for this year would be to host a meal together where we can get to know one another better and share more of our stories.
The theme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is from Exodus 15:6 – “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power.” It evokes both the justice and the mercy of God’s action toward us. For this shared meal, it captures both the tension and the warmth of gathering together; there are many historic divisions among us that remain unresolved, yet it is good to be with one another and to allow room for God’s love and power to bring healing.
In 2018, UniteBoston is coordinating neighborhood dinners during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and joining with a number of local partners for a large anchor dinner gathering on Saturday January 20th.
We encourage you to go to as many gatherings as possible so that you can experience the beautiful myriad of worship and fellowship among Christians throughout the city. If you have any questions, contact Kelly Steinhaus, Kelly@uniteboston.com