Tom Layden SJ in Belfast is the Province coordinator of ecumenism, working as a quiet leaven rather than a city on a hilltop. He worships regularly with Christians of other traditions (Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist), and find it an enriching experience. So in sending on this reminder of Church Unity Octave (below), he is encouraging others to find their own way of reaching out.
The annual week of pryaer for Christian Unity starts on Sunday next ( January 18) and goes on until the following Sunday, January 25. This year´s theme is focused on our becoming one through the hand of God (based on Ezekiel 37). It comes from work done by a group of Korean Christians.
At this time of the year, we can be in soldarity with the prayer for unity in a variety of ways:
- We can attend a local interdenominational prayer service for unity
- We can attend a Sunday service in a tradition other than our own
- We can pray for unity in our own personal prayers
Let us pray that the Lord will continue to bless the various eforts to heal the wounds of division in the Body of Christ.
Tom Layden, SJ
THE JESUIT COMMUNITY AT PETER FABER HOUSE BELFAST. CENTRE FOR HUMAN AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT, PEACE AND RECONCILIATION.