Ahead of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York issued a joint statement on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The Archbishops said that remembering the Reformation should lead us to repent of our part in perpetuating divisions, which should be linked to action aimed at reaching out to other churches and strengthening relationships with them. The anniversary will provide many opportunities to do just that, they added, beginning with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
‘We therefore call on all Christians to seek to be renewed and united in the truth of the gospel of Christ through our participation in the Reformation Anniversary, to repent of divisions, and, held together in Him, to be a blessing to the world in obedience to Jesus Christ.’
For the full statement on the Reformation anniversary see the Archbishop of Canterbury’s website.
A joint message has also been issued by the presidents of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and the Conference of European Churches (CEC) at the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity recalling the events of the Reformation.