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One Light: One World

A collection of scripture texts to help reflection on our call to unity

CTE's Presidents write

We pray for the unity of the Church and for the unity of all God’s people. We pray for unity because we believe that the one God and Father of us all creates us to be one with him. Our calling is to grow into unity and blessedness with him, enabled by the work of his Son Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We pray for unity because we believe that this is God’s will and purpose. In praying for the unity of the Church our vision is that the Church itself may be an instrument in bringing about the healing of nations and peoples, and a foretaste of a world in which all men and women and children are reconciled to him and to one another.

The texts set out in these pages are an invitation to reflect upon what God wants of us and how we may fulfil in our own lives the prayer of Jesus that we may be one.

Suggestions for use

This booklet is offered to stimulate renewed engagement with the scriptural mandate for the Church’s unity. Among the ways you may wish to use it are:

  • For personal reflection and prayer.
  • In a small group to read and discuss each of the main sections taking a session for each.
  • To consider as a local Churches Together group or ministers’ group what the implications of these texts might be for our relationships and activities.
  • To read a selection of these texts in an ecumenical gathering.
  • To encourage artistic or poetic responses to one or more texts or sections either to share among the churches or as an exhibition.


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