Con­trary to what some read­ers might think, The Week of Prayer for Chris­tian Unity was not just about pray­ing, nor was it only an at­tempt to cre­ate a su­per church.

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I have just at­tended The Week of Prayer for Chris­tian Unity in North Syd­ney where five church de­nom­i­na­tions were in­volved. They were the Pres­by­te­rian, United Church of Canada, Angli­can, Ro­man Catholic and the Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist.

Al­though I am not a big fan for or­ga­niz­ing a world­wide su­per church, which hasn’t hap­pened since 1908 when talks in that di­rec­tion first be­gan, it was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to as­so­ciate with other Chris­tians as an ob­server.

Many agreed that the most in­ter­est­ing part of the meet­ings was when we broke up into four dis­cus­sion groups to an­swer ques­tions that were pre­pared in, of all places, far off Scot­land. This be­came a source of some good­na­tured hu­mour.

When the four groups re­turned to the as­sem­bly room their re­ports were pre­sented, with an op­por­tu­nity for re­sponses from the floor. The ques­tions and re­ports were not based on doc­tri­nal is­sues but on views on which all felt they were al­ready united. Aid to Haiti, food banks, and shelters for the poor and abused were some of the dis­cus­sions that grew out of the ques­tions.

Con­trary to what some read­ers might think, The Week of Prayer for Chris­tian Unity was not just about pray­ing, nor was it only an at­tempt to cre­ate a su­per church.

At the out­set of Chris­tian­ity, Je­sus Christ was a mixer, even with those who didn’t agree with him. He as­so­ci­ated with the poor and rich, the dis­eased, the­o­log­i­cal op­po­nents, hated tax col­lec­tors, re­li­gious leaders, a mis­led pros­ti­tute – read your own Bi­ble for a fuller list.

Come next year, if they’ll let me in, I’ll be there again. John Lyons Syd­ney

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