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Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida
- 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Thursday, January 23, 2014, 5:30 PM at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Ecumenical Vespers with bishops and clergy of other Christian churches and ecclesial communities, presided over by Bishop Felipe Estevez. (Click here for details)
Flagler County, Florida
- 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 1:30-4:00 PM at Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church, Flagler Beach. Fifth Flagler Churches Together in Prayer and Song.
Monday, January 20, 2014. Celebration of Martin Luther King Day. (Time and place to be announced)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:30 PM at St. Mark by the Sea Lutheran Church, Palm Coast. Lecture on The State of Ecumenism in Florida by Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer, Executive Director, Florida Council of Churches, followed by questions and answers.
June 19, 2013. (Romereports.com)During his catechesis, Pope Francis described the Church as the Body of Christ.
“If the head is separated from the body, a person cannot survive. It’s the same for the Church. We must always stay intensely connected to Jesus.”
The Pope added that the Church is not an NGO, or a cultural or political institution. He explained that the Church is a living Body, Jesus is the head who nurtures and guides it along the way. He also called for Christian unity.
“We Catholics should pray together, but we should also pray with other Christians. We must pray so that God may grant us all unity. Unity!
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he said, that unity is possible. But to start of, one must first look for unity at home, in one’s family and parish.
“We shouldn’t follow the path of division, nor the path of conflicts among us. No! We should all be united. All united despite our differences. Always united. That is the true path of Jesus.”
In light of his call for Christian unity, the Pope said that very morning, he met with an Evangelical pastor. They both prayed together precisely for Christian unity.
In response, the well-known evangelical theologian John H. Armstrong’s reaction is nothing short of amazing. Living in Jesus Is Unity. He ends with:
“This is why I am so thrilled to listen and pray for this global Christian leader, a man who clearly loves the same Christ that I love and prays for what I pray for each and every day.
One must embrace a radical form of sectarianism to be blind to what is really happening here. If you miss the uniqueness of this moment in history you will remain outside of the Spirit-given pursuit of real unity in Christ’s mission. The loss will be great, to you and to your church family. I encourage you to embrace this moment by faith and then to pray for the entire Christian Church that we might experience divine oneness in Christ’s mission for the whole world.”
- Report of 2006-2010 Baptist-Catholic conversations published in Ecclesial Theology by Steven R. Harmon, Monday, June 24, 2013