Sadly religion is at the base of many of the world's conflicts today...both among peoples within a country and between peoples of different countries.
This is one of the many thoughts shared by our prioress, Christine Vladimiroff, during her reflections Sunday afternoon at "An Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God" held in the new chapel at the monastery. For 100 years Christians have joined together during the annual January Week of Prayer for Christian Unity to pray that "we all may be one." Locally, our organization is the Inter-Church Ministries of Erie County.
"It was wonderful to see such a diverse group of Christians in our chapel," said one sister. "And to have all those ministers participating was very touching and inspiring."
Our keyboardists, schola, handbell choir, cantors, and other musicians provided much of the music for the 1-hour service. Following the prayer the 150+ participants enjoyed homemade cookies and drinks in the dining room. There's another thing we all seem to share!