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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2018

PREPARATION: Questions for Reflection on the Themes of the Eight Days

2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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?