Prayer for Christian Unity and Reconciliation

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Breaking the Silence

"He even makes the deaf to hear and
 the mute to speak"  (Mark 7:37)

In 2007, the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have their origin in the experience of Christian communities in the South African region of Umlazi, near Durban, a region deeply affected by unemployment and poverty, but most of all by HIV/AIDS.

For the churches in Umlazi, the "visible unity of all Christians" is far more than a theological concept.  Facing the reality that the human suffering caused by the Aids pandemic and other dehumanising forces is threatening to overwhelm the divided churches, they believe that the churches can be agents of healing only when they themselves are healed, when they are truly the one body of Christ. Then, churches can break the silence, and speak out with a single voice and reach out as a single body, acting with compassion and in unity.

These resources, adapted for use in Australia, will enable the churches here to worship together locally, to witness to their unity in Christ, to pray for the greater visible expression of that unity, and to explore options to fulfil that prayer, such as those found in the NCCA Covenanting document.

It is also a time to pray and work for reconciliation in Australia, as the WPCU leads into the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation, beginning on 27 May, the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum. It is time to consider how the churches - together - can help to break the silence surrounding the ongoing disadvantage experienced by Indigenous people in this country.

An order of service and a daily prayer guide can be downloaded from http://www.ncca.org.au/departments/faith_and_unity/weekofprayer .

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