"Holy Father, watch over them in your name, the name you gave me, that they will be one just as we are one... I've given them the glory that you gave me so that they can be one just as we are one. I'm in them and you are in me so that they will be made perfectly one."
John 17:11, 22-3 CEB
Unity and one-ness are core tenets of our faith, laced throughout all of Scripture. The truth of unity is one we hold central to our faith.
And yet it is a reality that we struggle to see in the midst of so many divisive issues ongoing in the life of the church and the world.
This year's preachers will be helping us to unpack the truths of one-ness. Whether it is maintaining unity in a multi-site congregation, equipping a diverse congregation to have conversations about human sexuality or race, or working with communities around conflict and division, these preachers will speak to practices and visions of unity, that we might be one just as Trinity is one.
With this vision in mind, our festival this year will explore the possibilities for unity:
One with God.
One with each other.
One with the world.