Commentary on Art — Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2011    

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The 2011 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity materials were originally prepared by Christians in Jerusalem, who chose as a theme Acts 2:42, 'They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.' This theme is a call back to the origins of the first church in Jerusalem; it is a call for inspiration and renewal, a return to the essentials of the faith; it is a call to remember the time when the church was still one. Within this year's artwork the four elements of the 2011 theme are depicted: the Word as passed on by the apostles, fellowship or koinonia which was an important mark of the early believers whenever they met together, the 'breaking of the bread as it remembers the New Covenant which Jesus has enacted in his suffering, death and resurrection and the offering of constant prayer. These four elements are the pillars of the life of the church, and of its unity.

The Joint Working Group wished to give prominence to these basic essentials in our prayers to God for the unity and vitality of the church throughout the world. The Christians of Jerusalem invite their sisters and brothers around the world to join them in prayer as they struggle for justice, peace and prosperity for all people of the land.

The conceptual design of the artwork was formulated by Sr. Claire Joy, CHS of the Community of the Holy Spirit in New York City. The Community of the Holy Spirit is a monastic community for women in the Episcopal Church, and a witness to the work of the Holy Spirit in the world. Sr. Claire Joy describes herself as an artist, mom, grandmother, nun (sort of in that order). Sr. Claire Joy, CHS may be contacted at:

The final layout of the poster and associated artwork was the work of RKG FundRaising Services, Cold Spring, New York.

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