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2024 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Interchurch Center Chapel
61 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027
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The 2024 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is from Luke 10:27, in which Jesus summarizes the entire Law of the covenant with Israel, before illustrating the teaching with his parable of the Good Samaritan. This year’s theme comes through the combined efforts of the Pontifical Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, the World Council of Churches and the Christian churches of Burkina Faso. Much of the coordination of this ecumenical project was done by the community of Chemin Neuf, a French Catholic and ecumenical community of vowed and lay people, particularly through their local community in Burkina Faso. Preaching at the Interchurch Center’s 2024 service will be the Very Rev. Patrick Malloy, Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where Chemin Neuf has recently established an intentional ecumenical community of young people living, working, and praying together (Community at the Crossing).

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first observed in January, 1908. Known then as the Church Unity Octave, it was celebrated in the chapel of a small Atonement Franciscan Convent of the Protestant Episcopal Church, on a remote hillside fifty miles from New York City. This new prayer movement soon caught the imagination of others beyond the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement, becoming an energetic movement that gradually blossomed into a worldwide observance involving many nations and millions of people.

Free and open to the public; the service will remain available online for later viewing.

Ecclesiological Investigations: Chicago 2024

June 26-28, 2024
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Theological Seminary, Hyde Park, Chicago, IL

Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute is one of the organizing sponsors for the 15th international conference of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network, which will be held June 26-28, 2024, on the campus of Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., USA. The theme of the conference will be “Embodying Ecclesial Diversity.”

The Network invites proposals for papers and sessions that address all aspects of the theme of the conference, concerning both doctrine and practice. We especially encourage papers that address or explore:

  • ways in which churches have honored ecclesial diversity, or can do so more effectively
  • the marks and practices of churches that embody diversity
  • how churches attend to, or do not attend to, their own evolving diversities
  • pathways that might heal, restore, embrace, and transfigure the body of Christ

Please visit here for all necessary information about the call for papers, submission instructions, and application for the 2024 Graymoor Scholarships, which will again support the participation of emerging voices (particularly students and seminarians) in the gathering.