This Prayer for Unity and monthly prayer calendar include by name the judicatories and congregations that are members of the North Carolina Council of Churches and the names of their current leaders. Your prayers for reconciliation are invited for all Christian bodies in and beyond the state.
A Prayer for Unity
Holy One, whose love has been poured into our hearts through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit,
and who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish far more than we can ask or imagine,
infuse us with a longing for reconciliation.
Help us maintain the unity of your Spirit in the bond of peace.
In these days when people and places are affected by strife and its threat, make us light to the world.
When we get tired and confused, take us by the hand and show us the way forward.
Help us transform barriers into bridges.
We remember especially this day [Insert name of judicatory or congregation and its leader]
We give thanks for the spiritual gifts These sisters and brothers in Christ share with all your people.
Remind us that these ministries are for your whole church in your whole world.
This we pray in the name of the One who calls us to be one,
Your Son our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Adapted from a prayer by The Rev. Dr. Diane C. Kessler, retired Executive Director, Massachusetts Council of Churches.
Second Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church
Bishop Adam J. Richardson, Jr.
Diocese of Raleigh, Roman Catholic Church
The Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop
Knollwood Baptist Church
The Rev. Roger Underwood, Interim Pastor
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2010
Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
The Rt. Rev. Richard Thompson, Presiding Bishop
Regional Synod of New York, Reformed Church in America
The Rev. Jon Norton, Executive Minister
Piedmont Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
The Rt. Rev. George W. C. Walker, Sr., Presiding Bishop
Presbytery of Western North Carolina, Presbyterian Church (USA),
The Rev. Bobbi White, General Presbyter
Mars Hill Baptist Church
The Rev. Tommy Justus, Pastor
General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
The Rev. Haywood Gray, Executive Secretary and Treasurer
Presbytery of Charlotte, Presbyterian Church (USA),
The Rev. Dr. Samuel E. Roberson, General Presbyter/Stated Clerk
North Carolina Council of Churches
Rev. George Reed, Executive Director
Seventh Episcopal District, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Presiding Bishop Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr.
Southern Conference, United Church of Christ
The Reverend Emmett Floyd, Transitional Interim Conference Minister
Myers Park Baptist Church
The Rev. Dr. H. Stephen Shoemaker, Pastor
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in North Carolina
The Rev. John M. Richardson, Regional Minister
Region 7, Metropolitan Community Churches
Rev. Elder Ken Martin, Regional Elder
NC Alliance of Baptists
Diocese of East Carolina, Episcopal Church
The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, 3rd, Bishop
North Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church
Bishop Alfred W. Gwinn, Jr., Resident Bishop
Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church
The Reverend Peter Carman, Pastor
Diocese of North Carolina, Episcopal Church
The Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, Bishop
Presbytery of Coastal Carolina, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Rev. David A. Walker, Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk
The Congregation at Duke Chapel
The Reverend Nancy Ferree-Clark, Pastor
Diocese of Western North Carolina, Episcopal Church
The Rt. Rev. G. Porter Taylor, Bishop
Presbytery of New Hope, Presbyterian Church (USA)
Ms. Barbara Campbell Davis, Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk
Wake Forest Baptist Church
Rev. Tim Willis, Intentional Interim Minister
North Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Rev. Dr. Leonard Bolick, Bishop
Presbytery of Salem, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The Rev. Sam Marshall, General Presbyter
Southern Province, Moravian Church in America
Rev. David Guthrie, President
Western North Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church
Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster, Resident Bishop
Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
The Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Petty, Pastor
North Carolina Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (FUM)
Mr. John P. Porter, Superintendent
Diocese of Charlotte, Roman Catholic Church
The Most Rev. Peter J. Jugis, Bishop
Watts Street Baptist Church
The Rev. T. Melvin Williams, Jr., Pastor