Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

14th Annual
Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity
Sunday, June 1, 2014
First United Methodist Church—Chicago Temple

On Sunday, June 1, 2014 clergy from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Episcopal and Protestant churches gathered at First United Methodist Church with members of their respective congregations to pray for Christian Unity at the 14th Ecumenical Prayer Service for Christian Unity. This annual Chicago area prayer service, sponsored by Ecumenism Metro Chicago (EMC), is a continuation of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity observed throughout the world each year from January 18th—25th. EMC's membership is represented by twenty religious communities in the Chicago area, including the Greater Chicago Broadcast Ministries.

The commemorative service was preceded by a reception in the hospitality area of First United Methodist Church. During this time individuals from various Christian churches enjoyed an opportunity to gather in small groups and exchange conversation regarding their own religious experiences and Christian traditions.

Following the processional hymn "Diverse, But Not Divided," and opening prayers, fifteen Christian leaders offered prayers for Christian unity. Bishop C. Christopher Epting, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. delivered the homily based on the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme "Has Christ Been Divided?"

A great deal of time and effort is required to implement the annual prayer service. We acknowledge and thank the following individuals for their contributions:

Reception Committee: Worship Committee: Volunteers:
Aphrodite Peponis Grayson Van Camp Lynette Colias
Dan Olsen Mary Ellen Coombe Taso Devetzis
Harold Peponis Cynthis Hallas Fr. Simeon Johnson
Lydia Talbot Edgar Hiestand Stacy Marakis
Michael J. Terrien James Van Camp Laura Nutini
Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos Brian Wise Susan Pudelek
  Frances Johnson (Intern) Mary Scoulas
    Jane Whitford


To review highlights of the 2014 Ecumenical Prayer Service please select:

Text of Bishop Christopher Epting's homily

Prayer Service Photo Gallery