We hope and pray for peace and unity throughout the year, but traditionally we pay particular attention to Christian unity Jan. 18-25. It’s when the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches present resources galore for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (www.geii.org).
This year’s theme is “Where two or three are gathered in my name ...” (Matthew 18:15-22).
For ELCA resources on ecumenism, including a CD PowerPoint presentation, visit www.elca.org/ecumenical. The CD ends with discussion starters but begins with basics: “What is ecumenism? The work of the church toward visible Christian unity.”
The CD can help you dazzle your friends with ecumenical knowledge: “Oikonomia/Ecumenism is the rich biblical word similar to economy (order) and ecology (well-being). When it comes to Christian unity, ecumenism means the order and well-being of the church in the world.”
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