WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2017
PREPARATION: Questions for Reflection on the Themes of the Eight Days
Questions Day 1
- What does it mean to say that Jesus died for all?
- The German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote: “I am a brother to another person through what Jesus Christ did for me and to me; the other person has become a brother to me through what Jesus Christ did for him.” How does this affect how I view others?
- What are the consequences of this for ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue?
Questions Day 2
- How does our culture tempt us to live only for ourselves rather than for others?
- In what ways can we live for others in our daily life?
- What are the ecumenical implications of the call to live no longer for ourselves?
Questions Day 3
- Where can I identify Damascus experiences in my life?
- What changes when we view other Christians or people of other faiths as God views them?
Questions Day 4
- What could we learn by reading together the history of our divisions and mutual mistrust?
- What must change in my church so that divisions can be overcome and that which unites can be strengthened?
Questions Day 5
- What helps me to recognize that I am a new creation in Christ?
- What are the steps I need to take to live out my new life in Christ?
- What are the ecumenical implications of being a new creation?
Questions Day 6
- How do we as Christian communities understand being part of God’s covenant?
- What forms of discrimination do our churches need to address today in our societies?
Questions Day 7
- Where do we see the need for a ministry of reconciliation in our context?
- How are we responding to this need?
Questions Day 8
- How do you envision heaven?
- Which songs, stories, poems, and pictures from your tradition give you the feeling of participating in the reality of God´s eternity?