WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2018
Selection of the Theme:
The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Churches of the Caribbean were chosen to draft the material for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Under the leadership of His Grace Kenneth Richards, Catholic Archbishop of Kingston and bishop with ecumenical responsibilities for the Antilles Episcopal Conference, together with Mr Gerard Granado, General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC).
Representatives of a variety of Caribbean church communities were asked to select the theme and the experience of their work. Their reflections form the basis of the materials offered for the eight days of the Octave. We wish to extend our gratitude in particular to:
Most Rev. Kenneth D. Richards - Coordinator of the Drafting Team on behalf of the Antilles Episcopal Conference (AEC), Chairman of the AEC Ecumenism Commission, Archbishop of Kingston (Roman Catholic) [Jamaica]
Mr. Gerard A.J. Granado, M.Th. (Edinburgh) - General Secretary, Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC), Convener of Drafting Team (Roman Catholic) [Trinidad and Tobago]
Prof. Luis N. Rivera-Pagan – Prof. Emeritus of Ecumenics, Princeton Theological Seminary, N.Y. (Baptist) [Puerto Rico]
Rev. Kirkley Sands, Ph.D. – Chaplain, Codrington Theological College, (Anglican) Church in the Province of the West Indies [Bahamas]
Rev. Patmore Henry – Secretary, Connexional Conference, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) [Antigua]
Oluwakemi Linda Banks, Ph.D. - A President of CCC & Clinical Psychologist (Anglican) [Anguilla]
Ms. Nicole Poyer – Leader, Taizé (ecumenical) Group, Trinidad and Tobago and Matriculating Masters student in Theology (Roman Catholic) [Trinidad and Tobago]
Right Rev. Glenna Spencer – Bishop, Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA) & former member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) [Guyana]
Right Rev. Kingsley Lewis, Ph.D. – Bishop, Moravian Church (East West Indies Province), and President Emeritus of the CCC [Antigua]
Rev. Elvis Elahie, M.Th. (Edinburgh) – Moderator Emeritus, Presbyterian Church in Trinidad and Tobago (PCTT) and Principal Emeritus of St. Andrew’s (Presbyterian) Theological College [Trinidad and Tobago]
Rev. Marjorie Lewis, Ph.D. – President Emeritus, United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) (United Church of Jamaica & Grand Cayman) [Jamaica]
Rev. George Mulrain, Ph.D. – Connexional President Emeritus, Connexional Conference, Methodist Church in the Caribbean & the Americas (MCCA) [Trinidad & Tobago]
The local drafting team presented the texts, prayers and reflections they had chosen or prepared to an international team sponsored jointly by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and the World Council of Churches (WCC). At this meeting, held at Emmaus House in Nassau, Bahamas, 3-7 September, 2016, the draft text was edited and finalized.
The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, in its planning of these resource materials also invites ecumenists and church leaders of various religious traditions to contribute resource materials for celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Acknowledgment of these authors appears with their text.
In addition, acknowledgment is due to those who contributed in particular to various segments of these resources.
International Preparatory group text, edited by Fr. Thomas Orians, SA, Editor, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources and Associate Director, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute and Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.
Graphic Design, Artwork and Printing:
RKG FundRaising Services, Cold Spring, New York (www.rkgfundraising.com)
Practical Information and Resources:
Ms. Liz Matos, Secretary, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, for the compilation of “Continuing the Commitment...” and “Resources for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding.” Mrs. Christine Breglia, Assistant to the Editor, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, for editorial review of the text. Mrs. Veronica Sullivan, Business Manager, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, for editorial review and management of the business and distribution of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resource materials.
The translation of the biblical text in English used in the Ecumenical Celebration of the Word and Daily Prayer guide are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. For those text in Spanish the biblical translation are from Reina Valera Contemporanea ® © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 2009, 2011 and the Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI) , ® © Zondervan 1999, 2011.. All rights reserved.