Edmontonians are invited to join Councillor Amarjeet Sohi and representatives from the city's Christian faith communities in celebrating and learning about Christianity.

A special display celebrating the worldwide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity opens at Edmonton City Hall on Tuesday, January 15, at noon. All are welcome.

Every year, in the third week of January, Christian individuals, congregations and associations throughout the world organize liturgies, Bible studies and other activities to animate a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Week of Prayer recognizes the division among Christians and aims to help restore unity within the global Christian family.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began in 1908 as the dream of 2 Anglican priests, Paul Wattson and Spencer Jones. It gained wider prominence in the 1930s through the work of French Roman Catholic ecumenical pioneer Abbe Paul Couturier. It is traditionally celebrated over 8 days and covers the period from the feast of St. Peter to the feast of St. Paul.

This event is part of the City of Edmonton’s Celebrating our Faiths program, a joint initiative with the Edmonton Interfaith Centre for Education and Action. The program, which includes a display at City Hall, is designed to promote greater awareness of the city’s diverse faith groups and enhance appreciation of Edmonton’s cultural diversity. Since 2006, more than 18 different faiths have been featured.