13/01/2016

Statement on the week of prayer for Christian Unity

The Presidents of Churches Together alongside Together for the Harvest have made the following declaration ahead of the Week of Christian Unity

Next week churches across the world are called to pray for unity. No matter what denomination, no matter what an individual’s stance on a particular theological issue we are all followers of the same God trying to work out what it is to be a Christian.

As leaders of churches across this region we value our time when we come together, pray together and work together to show an alternate vision for the world. At a time when faith is increasingly in the spotlight and Christianity attacked for being outmoded and irrelevant it is important that we pray that we can be united in our common belief.

During the week of prayer we will be praying for each other’s church and we encourage you in your church, your congregation, your community to do the same. Praying together is an important way we can build a stronger Christian presence in a world that is crying out for healing and relief.

Unity is not an ideal, nor is it an unrealistic ambition. It is something that all of us need to work hard to achieve through grace, through coming together, through listening and sharing experiences. We have expressed this in many ways in this region and we will continue to express it in the future. Our Pentecost celebrations on May 15th will be a colourful, jubilant expression of this unity.

But for now can we encourage you to pray for all your fellow Christians – locally and throughout the world, as together we pray for Christian Unity throughout the world.

You can find more details and resources at www.ctbi.org.uk/weekofprayer

The Rt Revd Paul Bayes Bishop of Liverpool
The Most Revd  Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP Archbishop of Liverpool
The Revd Phil Jump Regional Minister North West Baptist Association
The Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson Chair of the Liverpool District
The Revd Jacky Embrey Moderator, URC Mersey Synod
John Manwell Together for the Harvest