- The Early Stages: Pre-1910
- Laying the Foundations: 1910–1948
- Pivotal Years: 1948–1965
- Intense Activity: 1965–1990
- Consolidation and Challenge: 1990—Present
- Pentecostal and Charismatic
- Mission and Evangelism
- Faith and Order
- World Council of Churches
- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
- Bilateral Dialogues
- Chevetogne, Taizé, and the Groupe des Dombes
- United and Uniting Churches
- Regional and National Councils of Churches
- Interchurch Families
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
- Global Christian Forum
- Britain and Ireland
- United States of America
- Latin America
- The Middle East
- The Unity We Seek
- In Search of a Way
- Method in Ecumenism
- Kenotic Ecumenism
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter offers theological reflections on prayer for unity and then traces the historical development of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from the Octave of Christian Unity established by Paul Wattson and the Society of the Atonement, through the revisioning of the week of prayer by Paul Couturier, to the present collaboration between the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in order to produce materials for the week. It then outlines the method of preparing the annual resource materials. Within the wider context of spiritual ecumenism and prayer for unity, the week of prayer is a particular opportunity to live out the Christian baptismal commitment to discipleship, to promote Christian reconciliation and unity, and to be conformed to the will of Christ.
Donald Bolen is Archbishop of Regina, Canada. From 2001-2008 he was a staff member at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
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