Prayer

Faith Sharing
Bishop Swenson introduces leaders of other denominations present for the 2016 General Conference during the Ecumenical Day service. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Ask The UMC: What is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity?

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual observance held January 18-25 in which all Christians everywhere are encouraged to pray for unity in love and mission.
Evangelism
The Rev. Jacqui King (second from right) clasps hands and prays with people at the Discipleship Ministries booth during the 2019 meeting of Black Methodists for Church Renewal in Atlanta. Photo courtesy of King.

Connecting with people through prayer

The Rev. Jacqui King, a longtime United Methodist leader, found a new ministry praying with strangers. Her experience can help people reconnect with God and each other as pandemic restrictions lift.
Evangelism
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is Jan. 18-25. This year’s theme, selected by representatives from Christian churches in Malta, is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness.” Poster image courtesy of Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

Christians should practice ‘unusual kindness’

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity challenges Christians worldwide to offer kindness and hospitality to others.
Social Concerns
United Methodist women in the South Africa Conference pray outside a United Methodist church in Durban. The prayer circle was part of a church-wide day of prayer to end xenophobia in the country. Photo by Nandipha Mkwalo, UM News.

South African churches take stand against xenophobia

United Methodist congregations united for a day of prayer in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals.

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