The World Council of Churches is a conglomerate of churches that invites prayers worldwide during the Annual Week of Prayer to focus on a particular event in the life of Christ that points us to unity; specifically the prayer of Jesus for His Disciples as recorded in John 17:21. This fellowship of churches confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Savior and they seek to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God whom they identify as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. What about Creator, Christ, and Spirit, One. And ‘who’ are the Disciples for whom Jesus is praying? The twelve, the forty (that included women), the seventy (that included women), or the millions to come (that include ‘whosoever will)?
We submit that these questions and others like it should be clearly answered to make this annual event relevant. In this day where there is so much effort to back pedal on accomplishments in the area of human rights and civil rights, very often there is an advance in religious rights that have actually been taken hostage by fundamentalist who support theological battering of women, poor people, and our gay, lesbian, transgender, intersex, ally’s and same-gender-loving saints. As my Bishop Flunder often reminds us ‘whosoever’ will does not always mean ‘you-so-ever will.’
These are critical times to be in prayer. No doubt about it. However, a ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,’ is somewhat exclusionary unless the unspoken implication is that it is only for Christians (who do seem to be in need of unity). But it begs the questions “were Jesus and His disciples Christian?” They were not. Therefore, are we Christians because that’s what Paul named us (Acts 11:26) or are we the people of The Way (I am the Way, for example) or, best of all, are we Disciples of Christ – the clearest of all identities if that’s what we’re doing.
More importantly, let’s continue praying during and beyond the annual Week of Prayer for unity, radical inclusive theology, extravagant hospitality, and peace of mind.
Please pray for American and Coalition soul’s killed-in-action,
their families and, especially their children.