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TENTH ANNUAL CHICAGO ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE
CELEBRATES THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

Chicago, IL (January 15, 2010) - The tenth annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Chicago Ecumenical Prayer Service will be held at Community Church of Wilmette, 1020 Forest Ave., Wilmette at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 24. The service will be followed by a reception.

Leaders of nearly twenty Christian churches will participate in the service, which is open to all. Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque, Pastor of Community Church of Barrington, will preach on the 2010 theme, “You Are Witnesses of These Things” (Luke 24:48).

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a collaborative effort between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches.  Each year churches in a different part of the world prepare the theme and texts for the Week of Prayer. This year’s service is an adaptation of ecumenical themes prepared by the Christian churches in Scotland.

A local annual event is sponsored by the Ecumenical Millennium Committee, formed in 1999 to pray and prepare for the third Christian millennium. The committee works as a catalyst among Chicago area churches for ecumenical courtesy, hospitality, information and witness.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year between the feasts of Saint Peter (January 18) and Saint Paul (January 25). In the United States, because this week is celebrated near Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the observance is a reminder to promote reconciliation among races, as well as among churches. For more information, please contact Sr. Joan McGuire, Director of the Archdiocese’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, at 312-534-5325 or jmcguire@archchicago.org.

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