The theme is also a call on all Christians to join hands and speak against societal ills such as corruption and oppression of the vulnerable and marginalized members of society, Fr. Maganya said.
WPCU is observed annually from the 18th to the 25th of January. The week’s theme is produced by different local churches across the world.
This year's theme, selected by the Minnesota Council of Churches, USA, was motivated by the aftermath of the extrajudicial killing of George Floyd and the trial of the police officer responsible for his death.
In his message entailing materials for use throughout the week, Fr. Maganya says the coming together of various Christian denominations to observe the annual prayer week “reminds us of our common Christian commitment to justice and mercy.”
He adds that while joining hands to mark the annual celebration, Christians “must recognize that the Church did not always walk with the poor.”
“May our celebration be an occasion for repentance and a call for action,” says the Priest who serves as the Director of the Institute of Inter-Religious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) at the Kenya-based Tangaza University College.
Fr. Maganya says that the fight against corruption, injustice, and oppression is both a personal and collective mission.
As part of its activities to mark WPCU, IEM-K has organized an ecumenical service scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 21 at Our Lady of the Rosary Ridgeways Catholic Parish of Nairobi Archdiocese.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.
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