2009 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Theme Chosen
he theme for the 2009 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was selected by a local ecumenical group from South Korea. Members of the group were from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea and the National Council of Churches of Korea. The text they chose for the 2009 celebration is Ezekiel 37:15-19, 22-24a. The theme will be “That they may become one in your hand.”

Canadian Centre for Ecumenism Announces Art Contest to Illustrate 2009 Theme
Canadians of all ages are invited to submit their artistic interpretation of Ezekiel 37:15-19, “That they may be one in your hand”. The winning submission will be reproduced in the Canadian print material for the Week for Prayer for Christian Unity 2009, including the kit published by Novalis. The winner’s bio and photo will also appear in the December 2008 issue of Ecumenism. Deadline is May 15, 2008.

Les Canadiens de tous les âges sont invités à chercher leur propre interprétation artistique du thème mondial de 2009 sélectionné par la Corée du Sud: « ils seront unis dans ta main » (cf. Ézéchiel 37:15-19). L’oeuvre gagnante servira d’inspiration pour tous les documents et affiches conçus et distribués au Canada pour la Semaine de prière pour l’unité chrétienne 2009 (y compris la trousse de Novalis). En outre, la photo de l’artiste gagnant(e) paraîtra dans le numéro de décembre de la revue OEcuménisme accompagnée d’une courte biographie. Avant le 15 mai 2008.

Canadian Council of Churches Publishes Collection of Ecumenical Prayers
In celebration of the centenary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (1908-2008), the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) compiled a selection of ecumenical prayers in a new book, Liturgies for Christian Unity: The First Hundred Years (Novalis, 2008).

Former Primate Archbishop Michael Peers contributed the foreword, while Eileen Scully, coordinator for Worship and Ministry at General Synod, wrote the historical overview and introductions to the chapters. In the introduction, Mary Marrocco, associate secretary for the Commission on Faith and Witness writes, "We hope this anthology will help renew the call to prayer and refresh us in the conviction that the Spirit of God is drawing Christians closer together."

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