Virginia Council of Churches
The Virginia Council of Churches is the oldest ecumenical body in the Commonwealth, representing thirty seven governing bodies of eighteen Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant denominations. As we work together as Christian communions, we build Christian Unity; as we work together with persons of other faiths, we build human community.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was developed by Father Paul Wattson, SA, at Graymoor in Garrison, New York, and was first observed at Graymoor from January 18-25, 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).
In 1966, the Faith and
Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican
Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began
collaborating as a common international text for worldwide usage. Since
1968 these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by
ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and
published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical and
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