Category: Christian Unity

Day 3: Thursday, January 20

Matthew 2:3 “When king Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.” The presence of Christ turns the world upside down. Reading:  So we labored … from break of dawn until the stars came out.  Nehemiah 4:18-21 Reflection:  The Lord has come amongst us. Christ’s coming dis­turbs the ways of the world. In […]

Day 2: Wednesday, January 19

Matthew 2:2 “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews?”  Humble leadership breaks down walls and builds up with love. Reading:  The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve.  Matthew 20:20-28 Reflection:  Jeremiah denounces the bad leadership of the kings of Israel who divided and scattered the people (Jeremiah […]

Day 1: Tuesday, January 18

Matthew 2:2 “We saw His star in the East.” Raise us up and draw us to your perfect light. Reading:  This grace… has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:7-10 Reflection:  In this fragile and uncertain world, we look for a light, a ray of hope from afar. In […]

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

18th to 25th of January, 2022 Introduction In the gospel of Matthew, we are presented with the statement that wise men, drawn to the light of a star, declared: “We saw His star in the East and we have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). To this day people are still drawn to the light of that […]

One Ecumenical Family

A Unity Statement of the Christian Churches on the Occasion of the 500th Year of Christianity in the Philippines On Pentecost Sunday, May 23rd 2021, the Christian churches of the Philippines issues a document that states their unity titled “One Ecumenical Family“. They did this to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. The […]

DAY 8 – Testimony: Salim Baz (Orthodox) – Lebanon

Whenever I am asked why I chose to make a commitment to the Sword of the Spirit, I say that one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, is its ecumenical dimension. Being in community with Christians from other churches has been extremely valuable to me in my growth as a disciple, not […]

DAY 8 – Meditation: January 25th from Br. Joe

John 15: 11 “So that my joy may be in you, and your joy complete” Jesus never does things in half-measures. When it comes to joy he wants our joy to be complete. Nothing missing.  Our verse reads, “that your joy may be complete”.  Sometimes it’s translated “that your joy may be full.”  This reminds me of the […]

DAY 7 – Testimony: Andrew Lee (Catholic) – Singapore

Before I encountered the community in Ann Arbor, Michigan while I was studying, I was really only living a nominal Catholic life, and going to Mass on Sunday was my only Christian activity. The experience with the community completely changed my life, and gave me a renewed faith, and desire to share it with others.   […]

DAY 7 – Meditation: January 24th from Andy

John 15: 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” The metaphor of the vine and the branches says to us that we have to stay connected (“abide”) to the […]

DAY 6 – Testimony: Christiane Lewerentz (Protestant) & Monse Arellano (Catholic) – from Germany and Ecuador, but now in Northern Ireland

Over this past year, we have discovered great joy in living and serving together as Bethany sisters from two different Christian traditions and cultures, but who share the call to live single for the Lord and the call to Christian unity. Growing up a charismatic Christian from a Lutheran missionary background, I, Christiane, always experienced […]