THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2015
Selection of the Theme:
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.
This Joint Working Group invited the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC) to prepare the resources for the week of prayer 2015. CONIC appointed a working group formed by representatives from its member churches and affiliated ecumenical organizations to produce the material. The working group met in February and in April 2012, and completed its work in July.
The Joint Working Group met September 22-27 in São Paulo, Brazil, to finalize the preparation of the material. The International Committee also dedicated one session to the contribution of the ecumenical movement (and particularly the World Council of Churches) to the clarification of violations to human rights committed during the years of military dictatorship in Brazil (1964-1985).
We particularly wish to thank:
National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil:
Bishop Manoel João Francisco – President (Roman Catholic)
Elder Elinete W. Paes Miller – second Vice-president (Presbyterian)
Rev. Romi Márcia Bencke – General Secretary (Lutheran)
Thanks to Bishop Francisco de Assis (Anglican), CONIC’s first Vice-president.
Brazilian Regional Office of the Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI):
Elder Darli Alves – General Secretary (Presbyterian)
Ecumenical Centre for Bible Study (CEBI):
Rev. Odja Barros – Member of the Board (Baptist)
Mr Edmilson Schinelo – Executive Secretary (Roman Catholic)
Dr Paulo Ueti – Advisor (Anglican)
Ecumenical Centre for Advise and Formation:
Mr. Cláudio Becker – Advisor (Lutheran)
Special thanks go to Rev. Lusmarina Campos Garcia (Lutheran) and Rev. Donald Nelson for the English translation of the manuscript.
In order to produce the materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2015, the National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC), came together with other ecumenical organizations that promote dialogue amongst Christians in Brazil. Three partners prepared this material:
National Council of Christian Churches of Brazil (CONIC) was constituted in 1982 and comprises the following Churches: Roman Catholic Church, Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB), Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil, United Presbyterian Church and Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch and other ecumenical groups which are fraternal members. CONIC’s mission is to work for the unity of Christian Churches while accompanying Brazilian reality and conforming it to the Gospel and the requirements of God’s Kingdom.
Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI). Created in 1982, CLAI aims to facilitate dialogue and cooperation amongst Churches and ecumenical organizations while creating space for dialogue between religions as a means to search for unity, witness and service.
Ecumenical Center for Biblical Studies (CEBI). CEBI was formed in 1979 and it is an ecumenical organism devoted to the deepening and consolidation of popular reading of the Bible. It aims to strengthen the articulation and organization of people’s groups through the methodology of popular reading of the Bible. It also foments a spirituality focused on the promotion of life, especially to the most excluded social groups of the country.
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.
Leticia Molinero Translation Studio (www.lmts.us) and the staff of RKG Fundraising Services 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 “Continuing the Committment...”and “Resources for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding.”
Mrs. Veronica Sullivan, Business Manager, Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, for editorial 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.