Interfaith Center will observe prayer
The Interfaith Student Center at UT Martin will observe the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a series of special prayer services on Jan. 22-23. The 30-minute prayer services, which will begin each day at 5:30 p.m., will feature music, prayers, and meditations led by preachers and lay persons from a variety of denominations in the Martin area.
Speaking Tuesday, Jan. 22, will be the Rev. Jimmy Carter, pastor of McCabe United Methodist Church. The Rev. Richard Cortesi, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, will be the featured speaker Wednesday, Jan. 23. The Rev. Lee Clements, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, will preach Thursday, Jan. 24, and the Rev. Don Brooks, pastor of St. James Episcopal Church, will lead the service Friday, Jan. 25. Other participants will include the Rev. Morgan Owen, director of the Baptist Campus Ministry at UT Martin; the Rev. Joe Paolozzi, pastor of St. Jude Catholic Church; Rebecca Russell, director of youth and college ministries at Martin First United Methodist Church; and the Rev. Alvin Summers, pastor of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began in 1908, at the urging of an Episcopal priest in America and an Anglican vicar in England. They recommended an eight-day observance between the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter (formerly on Jan. 18) and the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on Jan. 25. The observance was soon adopted by the Roman Catholic Church, while other denominations promoted other unity movements. However in 1964, the bishops at the Second Vatican Council issued the Decree on Ecumenism, calling prayer “the soul of the ecumenical movement.” So, in 1967, representatives from the Orthodox, Protestant and Roman Catholic churches agreed to jointly observe a time of prayer called the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This month’s observance will mark 100 years of consistent prayer and working for unity.
The prayer services at the Interfaith Student Center will be open to all students, faculty and staff of UT Martin as well as members of the community. For more information, contact the Rev. Jolinne Balentine-Downey at 587-2603.
The Interfaith Student Center is a cooperative ministry of the United Methodist, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, Cumberland Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Presbyterian (USA) churches. The center is located on the east side of the UTM campus at 312 Lovelace Ave. It is open weekdays from 8 a.m. -10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon until 10 p.m.