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Week of prayer for christian unity

Members of the Uniting Church are urged to join with other Christian churches in a week of prayer organised by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA).

"We invite all of our members to join our brothers and sisters from other churches to celebrate the unity that is ours in Christ," said the President of the Uniting Church Assembly Rev. Professor Andrew Dutney.

The Week of Prayer begins on Sunday 12 May and finishes the following Sunday 19 May.

This year's Week of Prayer theme was developed by members of the Student Christian Movement of India, and draws on the faith and experience of India's Christian Dalit community going back as far as 182 A.D.

The central text of the week is Micah 6:6-8, highlighting the theme 'What does God require of us?'

"By sharing in prayer we renew our commitment to live out God's calling for us, through Micah, to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God," said Rev. Prof. Dutney.

"The Uniting Church's belief, expressed in the Basis of Union, is that all Christians in Australia are called to bear witness to a unity of faith and life in Christ which transcends cultural and economic, national and racial boundaries."

"This is a great week to get past the things that have divided us and seek to work in harmony with other Churches."

The NCCA has prepared biblical and liturgical resources for communities wishing to participate in the Week of Prayer.

Resources available include daily prayers, notes, suggestions for worship leaders and an Order of Worship outline.