Christians around the world pray for unity

18 January, 2015

Press Release No: 15/02
12 January 2015

From January 18 to 25 Christians around the world will pray for unity in special celebrations, prayer services, and pulpit exchanges. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally observed between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul, is an annual worldwide observance dedicated to overcoming divisions and building a spirit of unity throughout the church.

The 2015 texts originate from Brazil and focus on the biblical theme, “Jesus said to her, ‘Give me a drink’.” This parable recalls the common human need for water, a need that unites all humanity. It also encourages all who hear the story to encounter strangers with hospitality and generosity.

CEC encourages all its 114 member denominations to contribute to local celebrations. “We strive for Christian unity in all that we do,” said CEC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Guy Liagre, “Praying together for the unity of the church is an essential part of our ecumenical spirit.”

Materials for this week are published jointly by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches through its Commission on Faith and Order.  To download these materials, please visit the WCC website.

For more information or an interview, please contact:

Erin Green
Communication Coordinator
Conference of European Churches
Rue Joseph II, 174
B-1000 Bruxelles
Tel. +32 2 234 68 42
Fax +32 2 231 14 13
E-mail :

The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.
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