January 15, 2016

Jan. 20 service in Indianapolis to mark Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Criterion staff report

A prayer service for Christian unity will be held at Allisonville Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 7701 Allisonville Road, in Indianapolis, at 7 p.m. on Jan. 20. Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin will participate, as will other Christian denominational leaders. All are invited.

The service, which marks the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, is titled “Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord,” and will highlight the relationship between baptism and proclamation. All baptized persons are called to proclaim the mighty acts of God, especially the mighty act of God in Christ which has made us a chosen race, a holy people. The prayer service and resources are based upon 1 Peter 2:9.

Preaching will be Rev. Robert Welsh, president of the Disciples’ Council on Christian Unity. As an ordained minister, he has been involved for more than 30 years in the ecumenical dialogue process in the United States between the Catholic Church and the Disciples of Christ.

Rev. Welsh has a unique perspective on ecumenism. His wife is Catholic. A daughter married a Catholic, and they are raising their three children in the faith. †

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