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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Jerusalem, Jan 25 - Feb 1, 2004

Theme: "My peace I give to you"
(John 14:23-31)



In the Middle East, as in all contexts where the adherents of different religions live side by side, constructive relationships between religious traditions are an essential pre-requisite if we are to be blessed with the gift of peace. In turn, a spirit of reconciliation and common witness among Christians and Christian communities is foundational to the pursuit of peace. our common concern for the establishment of peace should serve to draw us closely into communion with one another. Our Christian faith tells us that true peace is given us only if we follow God's ways, as set forth in scripture, and if we take up the path to peace proclaimed and lived by Jesus Christ. "He is our peace" (Eph 2:14), and as his disciples, our unity must be a reconciliation in him. The witness to peace of a fragmented Christian community is fraught with ambiguities: an inner contradiction weakens our ability to spread Christ's peace. By contrast, unity among the churches gives power and credibility to our witness, setting before the world the vision of a universal reconciliation in Christ. Reconciliation among the churches is a way to peace and gives integrity to its proclamation.


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