Te Whakawhanaungatanga i ngā Hāhi - Ecumenism & Interfaith
Ecumenism and Interfaith
“Surely the fostering of unity is a noble task which is incumbent upon all who have at heart the good of the whole human family. It is my hope that interreligious and ecumenical cooperation will demonstrate that men and women do not have to forsake their identity, whether ethnic or religious, in order to live in harmony with their brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis - Address to Ecumenical and Inter-religious Gathering in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2015
Auckland Diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relationships- ADCEIR
The Commission is mandated by the Bishop of Auckland to assist him, the members of the clergy and the people of the Auckland Diocese to “ensure that ecumenism and interreligious relations are organic elements of the life and mission of the diocese in all that the Church is and does” ADCEIR Mandate: July 2015.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The traditional date for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January (and is the date in the northern hemisphere). Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson to cover the days between the feast of St Peter and the feast of St Paul, and therefore have symbolic meaning.
In the southern hemisphere such as here in New Zealand where January is a vacation time, churches find the week leading up to Pentecost is more timely. It too is symbolic for the unity of the church. For 2021, the date for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 23-30 May.
The following resources will assist communities in planning local worship during the this important week.