[ACNS] Material for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place next week, will be available for the first time on smart phones, computers and tablets following a collaboration between the World Council of Churches and the developer of the YouVersion Bible app.
The eight-day Week of Prayer has been promoted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the WCC since 1968.
The Week of Prayer material available through the app will include biblical reflections in an easily-shareable, free, digital format in English, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.
The former secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance, the Revd Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe, is chairman of the Board of Advisors of Christian Media Corporation International and an ambassador for YouVersion international. He said: “More and more people are accessing Bible verses through their smart phones and downloading them on their computers or tablets. It seems an ideal time to partner with the WCC, and the app will actually personalize the Week of Prayer experience for you.”
The Bible app is already installed on more than 204 million unique devices all over the world, and offers more than 1,200 Bible versions in over 800 languages.
Each year, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Christians come together to pray, exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The theme for 2016 is “Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord” based on 1 Peter 2:9.
This year's material was prepared by members of different churches in Latvia as they explored the relationship between baptism and proclamation, and “the calling shared by all the baptized to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord and manifest the oneness of the Church,” the WCC said.
“As we search for Christian unity together, the Bible App offers one more way for people to access biblical texts and adapt them in their own local and cultural contexts,” the WCC's director of Faith and Order, the Revd Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, said. “As churches and Christian communities observe the week of prayer, it is gratifying that technology, instead of separating us, can instead bring us together with common texts in a format that lends itself to ecumenical settings.
“We will hear of God’s saving acts in history as God opened new life to all of us,” he said, “and, through prayerful reading, may we recognize the mighty acts of God in our own lives and serve the unity of the church and the unity of humanity.”
- Click here for information on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
- Click here for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity YouVersion Bible content.