A Tale of Two Prayer Movements

 

World Day of Prayer,
AKA “WDP”

Lauren Wilks

Lauren Wilks, liaison for Canada to the WDPIC.

International Body: The World Day of Prayer International Committee, headquartered in New York.

Granting Body: In Canada, the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. (Each country has its own structure.)

The World Day of Prayer program is inspired by its motto, “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.” Through informed prayer we seek out ways to act in solidarity with women and communities in need. When we prepare and celebrate World Day of Prayer, we do this as a community.(WDPIC website, October 2017)

We pray and worship in community;

We continue our relationship in prayer and service throughout the year;

We work together as women of various races/ethnicities, 
cultures and traditions;

We become aware of the worldwide community of people;

We become enriched by the faith experience of other Christians;

We become aware of the burdens many people have to carry;

We are challenged to use our gifts and talents and use them in the service of society.

(The Zambia Statement, 2007)

Birth Story: The origins of World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women of United States and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission at home and in other parts of the world. After the devastation of World War I, women incorporated the conviction that world peace was intrinsically tied to world mission. After the North American women distributed a worship service to countries and partners in mission in 1926, the enthusiastic response led to the worldwide call to prayer that we now know as the World Day of Prayer.


Lauren Wilks,
WICC council member and
liaison for Canada to the World Day of Prayer International Committee

The Fellowship of the Least Coin, AKA “FLC”

Awit Marcellino, Canadian representative and vice-chairperson to the ICFLC

Awit Marcellino, Canadian representative and vice-chairperson to the ICFLC

International Body: The International Committee of the Fellowship of the Least Coin.

Granting Body: The International Committee of the Fellowship of the Least Coin.

“The Fellowship of the Least Coin is a worldwide ecumenical movement of prayer for peace, justice and reconciliation. Through this movement Christian women around the world seek fellowship with each other and are reminded to live a reconciled and forgiving life with others.”
(ICFLC website, October 2017)

Birth Story:

The idea for the Fellowship of the Least Coin emerged as a vision from God to Shanti Solomon of India. In September 1956, she was part of the Pacific Mission Team of seven women from different countries traveling in Asian countries after World War II. Refused a visa to Korea because of the state of that country’s relations with India, Shanti went to Manila, Philippines while other members of the team proceeded to Korea. She reflected on the experiences in the war-torn countries of Asia. On the return of the team, she suggested that prayer could transcend every national boundary and challenged the Christian women to combine their efforts and resources and launch an international project of justice, peace and reconciliation.

Using the least coin of their nation’s currency as a symbol of their prayer, participants proclaim that we are one family; that neither nationality nor financial situation can exclude anyone from full participation in this prayer movement for peace, justice and reconciliation—in their own lives and the lives of others throughout the world.

The Fellowship of the Least Coin was introduced to Canada by WICC in 1969.

ICFLC logo inspired by a lotus flower
Awit Marcellino,
WICC council member and
Canadian representative to and vice-chairperson of the International Committee of the Fellowship of the Least Coin


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