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A Century of Prayer for Christian Unity
PAPERBACK; Published: 2/6/2009
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6366-9
Price: $ 27.50
143 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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This book is a celebration of the one- hundred-year history of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and a wonderful resource for understanding the theology and practice of common prayer for the reconciliation of the churches. Contributors to this volume represent a cross-section of perspectives both denominationally -- including Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, and Reformed -- as well as in light of their lived experience of Christian spirituality and prayer. Each essayist offers significant insights into the history, theology, and spirituality of the Week of Prayer in particular, and of ecumenical prayer in general.

Contributors:
Catherine Clifford
Sr. Minke de Vries
Steven R. Harmon
Walter Cardinal Kasper
James Puglisi, Charles Sherlock
George Tavard
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John Gibaut
"This important volume celebrating the centenary of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity provides fascinating insights into the story of prayer by Christians for their unity with one another. From this particular perspective, however, it also presents the reader with fresh views on the history and theology of the ecumenical movement, on spiritual ecumenism, and on the practice of prayer itself."
Lorelei F. Fuchs
"Spiritual ecumenism and ecumenical spirituality stand at the heart of the Christian search for church unity. A Century of Prayer for Christian Unity not only marks the centenary of the Society of the Atonement's initiative of celebrating an octave of such prayer every year. This small and very readable volume also bears witness to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity as a time when Christians pray not only for one another but also with one another. In six essays, written by scholars whose academic acumen is informed and formed by their ecumenical vocation, the reader is invited to engage in ecumenical lectio divina. Representing Baptist, Reformed, Anglican, and Roman Catholic traditions, the authors each address the already-but-not-yet of Jesus' prayer 'that all may be one' (John 17:21). In her introduction editor Catherine Clifford craftily interweaves their themes: unity prayer movements, the story of the 'two Pauls' (Wattson of Graymoor and Couturier of Lyons), and ecumenism and spirituality in various settings—in the Second Vatican Council, in Anglicanism, among Baptists, and in monasticism lived ecumenically. This book is testimony that prayer truly is the soul of the ecumenical movement."

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