The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 is traditionally held between 18th and the 25th January of each year, and Bradford Cathedral will be marking the week with a special sermon at the Eucharist, streamed live on Sunday 24th January 2021.
The 18th – 24th January is the octave (a period of eight days) of St. Peter and St. Paul, saints who are represented in the cathedral above the altar.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began in 1908 as the Octave of Christian Unity, and focused on prayer for church unity. The dates of the week were proposed by Father Paul Wattson, cofounder of the Graymoor Franciscan Friars. He conceived of the week beginning on the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter, 18 January, and concluding with the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on 25 January.
For more on the week please visit the online encylopedia.
You can show your support for Christian Unity by posting unity messages to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Twitter wall – simply add the #wpcuwall hashtag to your Twitter post.
You can find out more about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on their website.
The Epiphany 3 Eucharist streams live from Bradford Cathedral on Sunday 24th January 2017 from 10:30am, and you can watch using the YouTube link above.
The preacher at the Eucharist will be the Revd Kerry Tankard, Methodist Chair of Yorkshire West District
Revd. Kerry Tankard BA (Hons), MA, has been a minister in the Methodist Church for 21 years and currently serves as the Chair of the Yorkshire West Methodist District. Prior to his current role, he served in appointments in Greater Manchester, Peterborough and the High Peak.
The Yorkshire West District is home to around 220 Methodist Chapels spread from Denby Dale and Penistone in the South to Skipton and Settle in the North. It includes the cities of Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, and towns such as Huddersfield, Halifax and Keighley, along with many other towns and villages in between.
Kerry is also a member of the Faith and Order Committee of the Methodist Church, having a particular interest in the theology of John Wesley and the Roman Catholic theologian Henri de Lubac.
For leisure, he has an ever-increasing record collection, a love of the outdoors, and is a supporter of Manchester City football club.