Our Prayers Heard 'Round the World: Christian Unity 2023

 Our Prayers Heard ‘Round the World

Minnesota Council of Churches and the 2023 International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

October 23, 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Nativity Lutheran Church, St. Anthony


For more information contact Rev. Jerad Morey, (612) 230-3211


MINNEAPOLIS – When George Floyd was murdered on camera Minneapolis became the epicenter of America’s new civil rights movement. The subsequent uprising put Minnesotans through a trial that our faith communities had roles in blessing, supporting, healing, and condemning.


It was because of this experience the World Council of Churches asked the Minnesota Council of Churches to create the theme and materials for the 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: to give Christian communities across the world an opportunity to contemplate ways they may be complicit in racial injustice, and to move churches towards justice through reconciliation and unity.


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was celebrated across the Northern Hemisphere in January and the Southern Hemisphere in May. Worshipers in Canada, the United Kingdom, Malta, Kenya, India, Australia, and South Africa put themselves in the shoes of BIPOC Minnesotans and found connections between our experiences and their own.


Join us on Monday, October 23 to experience a part of the 2023 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity liturgy, to learn from people around the world what impact celebrating the Week of Prayer had on them, and to hear from the Minnesota faith leaders who designed the liturgy about how truly difficult it was to process their own experiences into liturgical form and steward them through global lenses.


Music and light refreshments will be provided.


  • 5:00 pm Reception
  • 5:30 pm Worship
  • 6:00 pm Reflection Panel


Participants include:

Rev. Stacey Smith, Co-CEO, Minnesota Council of Churches

Rev. Dr. Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Co-CEO, Minnesota Council of Churches

Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Co-Director of Racial Justice, Minnesota Council of Churches

Rev. Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Pastor, Nativity Lutheran

Rev. Anthony Galloway, Pastor, St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church

Rev. Dr. DeWayne Davis, Plymouth Congregational Church