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 initial draft of material was prepared by and presented to the International Preparatory Group by a group of representatives from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (CBCK) and the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK). Rev. Dr Chai Soo-il, professor at Han Shin University, PROK / NCCK; Rev. Dr Kim Woong-Tae, president, Dong-Sung High School CBCK; Rev. Dr Shim Kwang-Sup, professor at Methodist Theological Seminary, KMC, NCCK; Ms Jung Hae-Sun, executive secretary, NCCK; Rev. Fr Kang Diego, member of Consolata missionaries in Korea, CBCK; Ms Han Mi-Sook, member of the Focolare movement, Korea, CBCK.
The material was further adapted to its present form at a meeting of the International Preparatory Group appointed by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, together with two members of the Korean group which produced the source text. This international preparatory team of Protestants, Orthodox and Catholics met in Marseilles, France from 24-29 September 2007, at Centre Notre Dame du Roucas. The International Preparatory Group adapted the text which had been written in Korean, translated into English and edited it for international use.
Graymoor Ecumenical and 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 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.
Ms. Enid Christie Biaggi for Spanish translations and Ms. Betty Maurovich for editorial review of the Spanish text.
International Preparatory group text, edited by Fr. Thomas Orians, SA, Editor, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources and Associate Director, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute and Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute.
Practical Information and Resources:
Ms. Liz Matos, Secretary, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, for the compilation of “Observing the Week of Prayer...”, “Continuing the Committement...”, “Resources for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding” and “Week of Prayer Available Resource Material.” Mrs. Veronica Sullivan, Business Manager, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, for edit 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 Biblia de Jerusalén 1999, Desclée De Brouwer Bilbao, and are used by permission. All rights reserved.