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Ecumenical Relations

Ecumenical Relations

 MLK Week of Prayer Unity Poster

The whole Christian community throughout the world is invited annually to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus "that they all may be one." (John 17:21) The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first observed in 1908 and continues to be celebrated annually from January 18-25.

The quest for visible unity cannot be disassociated from the pursuit of justice. It is in this context that this year's theme was chosen in order to explore the biblical text of Deuteronomy 16:20. “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue.” This very strong call to justice forms the theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity as it sets justice within the context of relationship established in the dialogue between Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox.

In 2019, this theme from Deuteronomy us seek justice and only justice in our quest for Christian Unity. Please join us as we pray for and strive together to answer the challenges placed before us in the movement towards the full visible unity of the Church.

Learn more about this year's theme in this article from the Presbyterian News Service.

Group Photo - GA223 Ecumenical Dinner

Churches Uniting in Christ Issues a Statement on the Multiple Police and Civilian Shootings Across the U.S.A.

CUIC, OGA video explores race and the church

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of the General Assembly has partnered with Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) to produce a video on race. Through the lens of the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri, Race and the Church: A New Call explores how CUIC member churches, including the PC(USA), are responding to the current racial climate in the United States, and challenges them to look outside themselves as they work for justice in the future.

 

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The Office of Ecumenical Relations carries out the ecumenical policy of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which includes participation in ecumenical agencies and councils, ecumenical dialogue, and development of resources. This office also serves as staff for the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations.