Churches in Geneva pray together


Rev. Dr Deenabandhu Manchala, the WCC programme executive for Just and Inclusive Communities, at the prayer service in the Ecumenical Centre chapel, Geneva.

Organized by the Fellowship of Christian Churches in Geneva (RECG), a prayer service was held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on 23 January at the Ecumenical Centre chapel in Geneva, Switzerland. 


The week of prayer is traditionally celebrated from 18 to 25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere).


The service followed the theme of the week of prayer, “What does God require of us?” (Micah 6:6-8), prepared by the Student Christian Movement in India. The theme draws on the struggles of Indian churches seeking Christian unity amidst the challenges posed by discrimination based on casteism. 


The service was conducted by Rev. Dagmar Magold of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and Rev. Dr Willy Funtsch of the Evangelical Methodist Church.


The WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit was also present, along with other WCC staff members, their families and members of Geneva’s local Christian community.


During the homily, Rev. Lia Wolters-Berghout from the Dutch speaking Protestant Church in Geneva, said that theme of the week of prayer is at the heart of the biblical text framing this liturgy. She said that “God does not require our sacrifices, neither the obedience to rules.”


“God call us to respond to his love with our fidelity instead,” said Wolters-Berghout.


“The search for unity, openness and a committed action to question the social and cultural norms that make certain communities vulnerable to discrimination, as is the case of Dalits, should be the concern of the churches,” she added.


Cristina Rendón, representing the WCC at the RECG, said that the service was an opportunity to highlight the diversity of the local churches in Geneva and their ecumenical vocation rooted in the multicultural settings of the city.


More information on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity