Dreaming of unity: Pilgrimage launched in Perth

The Council of Churches WA Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was launched today at the Bell Tower in Perth, with a performance from the Scotch College Pipe Band.

Deacon Theo Issa, president of the Council of Churches WA and member of the Syrian Orthodox Church, launched the week.

“We launch this pilgrimage in our beautiful city and at one of our city’s landmarks. This event allows us to appreciate what our city can offer us and the beautiful churches it has within our borders,” he said.

Rev Steve Francis, moderator of the Uniting Church reflected on ‘What is pilgrimage.’ He shared that a pilgrim is someone who is on a journey with God.

“God was calling them [pilgrims] and wherever they would arrive they would share the love of God with others,” he said.

“Pilgrims are people on the move. Pilgrims are people of faith. Pilgrims are people who recognise the importance of community. Pilgrims are people who value hospitality.

“The Pilgrimage of Unity gives us a wonderful opportunity to embrace that history of pilgrimage.”

Guests were handed a Pilgrimage for Unity Passport, which they can get stamped at any of the many events on offer during the week.

The launch ended with a blessing from the West Australian Heads of Churches.

“Let us never tire of dreaming of unity. Guide our churches through the power of the Holy Spirit. May we look outwards and onwards in faith, hope and love,” they said.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs until Pentecost Sunday 15 May. A range of events will be taking place at churches around the City of Perth. To read more visit https://revivemagazine.org.au/2016/03/08/pilgrimage-of-unity/ and for more information contact Rev Frances Hadfield on 0410 698 595.

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