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Ecumenical Prayer Service and Public Lecture Celebrate Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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Members of all Christian traditions are invited to attend two events during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. A Taize Prayer Service will take place on January 19. A public lecture on the development of ecumenism since the Second Vatican Council and the new ecumenical challenges before all Christians will take place on January 23rd.
The Taize service will take place at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 North Jackson Street, Milwaukee; beginning at 6:30 p.m. Taize is a quiet, meditative, musical ecumenical form of prayer.
Rev. Hee-Soo Jung, Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church will deliver the message. Special music will be provided by the Waukesha Ecumenical Taize Group. Musicians who wish to participate are encouraged to attend an open rehearsal prior to the service at 5:00 p.m.
The public is also invited to attend a lecture by Dr. Catherine Clifford which will look at the development of ecumenism in the 50 years since Vatican II and address the urgent ecumenical task before Christians in our rapidly changing world. The lecture will take place on January 23rd at Marquette University, Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W. Wisconsin Avenue at 4:00 p.m. Dr. Clifford, Director of the Graduate Studies program at the University of St. Paul, Ottawa, Canada is author with Richard R. Gaillardetz of Keys to the Council: Unlocking the Teaching of the Council and editor of A Century of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Begun in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year in cities and towns across the country and around the world.
The theme for the 2014 observance is “Has Christ Been Divided?” (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:13) The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted and published for use in the USA by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.
The Taize service is sponsored by LARCUM, a collaboration of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA, the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. The lecture is sponsored by LARCUM in collaboration with Marquette University Department of Theology and Marquette University Campus Ministry.
For more information visit http://wiprayingtogether.org/ . You may also download flyers for these events at this site.