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
In 2020 the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity produced an Vademecum or handbook entitled The Bishop and Christian Unity As well as stressing the importance of Ecumenism the document concludes each section with practical guidelines to foster ecumenisim and every level of the Church community.
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 period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson to cover the days between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul, and therefore have a symbolic significance.
In the southern hemisphere where January is a vacation time churches celebrate the Week of Prayer around Pentecost (suggested by the Faith and Order movement in 1926), which is also a symbolic date for the unity of the Church. In Aotearoa New Zealand the Week of Prayer is celebrated between Ascension Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, which in 2023 is between 21 May and 28 May.
The following resources will assist communities in planning local worship during this important week.