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Week of January 10, 2000
Unity week service adds supper
Special to the WCR
Edmonton's first prayer service in the new millennium for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will include another first - it will be the first such service to be followed by a supper.
The prayer service will take place at St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7007-109 St., Sunday, Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Supper will follow at St. Basil's Cultural Centre.
Ukrainian Catholic Bishop Lawrence Huculak will preside at the prayer service which has the theme Gathered in Christ.
Other area Church leaders participating will include Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Collins, Ukrainian Orthodox Archbishop John, Anglican Bishop Victoria Matthews and Lutheran Bishop Stephen Kristenson.
The planning committee for the event also includes representatives of the Presbyterian and United churches.
The city-wide prayer service has been held annually in Edmonton since 1991 and adding a supper was seen as a means to mark the Jubilee Year 2000 in a special way.
The dinner will also include entertainment by young people and proceeds from the prayer service will go to No Room at the Inn, an inner city housing project.
Tickets for the dinner and more information about the prayer service are available from a variety of Church offices in the city including the Ukrainian Catholic Chancery (424-5496), St. Basil's Cultural Centre (434-4288) and the Roman Catholic Ecumenical and Interfaith Commission (463-3432).
The roots of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity can be traced back to the 19th century. Since 1965, resources for the week have been prepared by a joint committee of the Vatican and the World Council of Churches.
The week is intended to break down barriers, nurture ecumenical relationships and spur opportunities for common prayer and learning.