The following is translated from the website polefontainebleau.fr:

Welcomed by the United Protestant Church, many Christians gathered in celebration of Christian Unity Week in Fontainebleau and its surroundings. This year’s celebration was prepared by the churches of the Caribbean.

Year after year, the Christians of Fontainebleau meet as guardians of the Unity to support in prayer this verse of John’s Gospel: “that all of them may be one, Father, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21).

On Wednesday, January 17th, Anglicans, Catholics, Orthodox, Evangelic Protestants, and Protestants joined together. We prayed, sang and meditated on the Gospel to confirm our mission to safeguard the common ground, awareness and understanding between Christian denominations gathered in prayer for Christian unity.

Pastor Odile Roman-Lombard

Once more, barely at the threshold of Christian Unity Week, the Lord ” visited ” us, presented us with gifts of His Holy Spirit … And as the Bible says: “God visited his People”… in prayer. That He be blessed and thanked!

Indeed, He gave us one and a half hours together to explore, measure and savour “just how good and pleasant it is when God’s people – brothers and sisters in Christ – live together in unity ” (psalm 133:1).

This year’s evening of prayer put us in communion with our Christian sisters and brothers of the Caribbean, initiators of the plan of celebration for Christians throughout the world; a plan marked by the spirit of Freedom and Liberation in Christ (because of the history of slavery experienced by the West Indian People). Our spiritual communion with them was coupled with active support, because the monetery donations gathered at the end of this celebration will be sent to the Church, which is in Guadeloupe, notably for the most impoverished populations, following the hurricane at the end of the last summer: the victims of Saint Martin island.

Also, throughout the evening, grace was given for us to pray in truth, one more time: all so different, praying together while remaining true to ourselves. This was particularly tangible during the sermon of our brother Philippe, minister of the Evangelical Church of Fontainebleau.

For these small and big steps towards the Unity, seen both by the Lord and by the eyes of our hearts … ” Blessed is God, now and forever! “

Brother Gérard Scoma, Carmelite

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