Canadian Anglicans will mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18 to 25, in many ways: joining other Christians for special ecumenical services, cooperative mission or evangelism work, and pulpit swaps.
Liturgical material is available, jointly prepared by the Vatican and the World Council of Churches, this year under the guidance of a delegation from India.
Started in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is one of the oldest ecumenical activities. It predates the 1948 creation of the World Council of Churches and all the Anglican Church of Canada’s bilateral dialogues.
The Anglican Church of Canada engages in dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church and ecumenical councils and has re-engaged the United Church of Canada. Its work with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada remains exemplary.
Since 2001, the two denominations have enjoyed a full communion relationship that includes exchanges of clergy and mutual recognition of baptismal vows. They will hold their first joint national assembly in Ottawa, July 3 to 7, 2013.
- Week of Prayer resources are available from the Canadian Council of Churches
- Week of Prayer resources (including versions in Spanish and German) are also available from the World Council of Churches
- Learn more about our church’s ecumenical relationships
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