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 a Scottish ecumenical group
brought together by Action of Churches Together in Scotland
(ACTS) at the invitation of the Catholic Bishops' Conference.
Mr. Andrew Barr - Episcopal Church of Scotland, Major Alan
Dixon - Salvation Army, Rev. Carol Ford - Church of Scotland,
Rev. William McFadden - Roman Catholic Church, Rev. Lindsay
Sanderson - ACTS, United Reformed Church.
The texts were finalized during the meeting
of the international preparatory group nominated by the Faith
and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and
the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
The group met at Scotus College in Glasgow, Scotland's national
Roman Catholic seminary. Rev. Lindsay Sanderson and Rev. Wiliam
McFadden further assisted the International Preparatory Group
in revising the texts as well as the overall preparation of
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 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
Ms. Betty Maurovich for Spanish translations and 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 & Interreligious
Institute and Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director, Graymoor Ecumenical
& Interreligious Institute.
Practical Information and Resources:
Ms. Liz Matos, Secretary, Graymoor Ecumenical & 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
& 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