Celebrate World Day of Prayer

Celebrate World Day of Prayer

The Filipino women in the Philippines in the front line

Before the World Wide Web, there was the World Day of Prayer, an international event that has been connecting people in a meaningful way for almost a century.

Despite being planned years in advance, World Day of Prayer services have a remarkable record for anticipating events, like the refugee crises (2013), the Arab Spring (Egypt 2014) and the winding downof the US embargo against Cuba (Cuba 2016).

The secret to this dept and insight is the women who plan and write each World Day of Prayer service. Too often, women have the most intimate experiences of armed conflict, violence, social injustice, and human rights violation. What might Canadians learn from women of the Philippines, a country on the front lines of climate change, foreign mining and resources interests, a regional insurgency and social upheaval due to migraton, who wrote the World Day of Prayer 2017? How will be answer the question: “Am I being unfair to you?”

On March 3, 2017, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000 communities across Canada will gather to learn about, pray and celebrate in solidarity with the women of the Philippines through the World Day of Prayer.

The local World Day of Prayer service will be held on March 4, 2017 at 1 p,m. at Broadway Disciples United Church, 396 Broaday Ave. Tel. (204)943-2658 and contact Delia C. Alvarez at (204)772-1782 for more information.

In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. For World Day of Prayer materials or to learn more about WICC, please visit our website or contact us: Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, 47 Queen’s Park Crests East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3. Tel. (416)929-5184; FAX: (416)929-4064; E-mail: wicc@wicc.org; website: www.wicc.org; www.facebook/WICC Canada.

The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayers orgranized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920. This event became the international World Day of Prayer in1922, and Christians around the world began celebrating this event on the first Friday of March.