17:21 – spreading the message of unity

Launched at Spring Harvest 2017, the 17:21 initiative brought together Christians from all different denominations and walks of life by asking participants to pray for unity and place their thumb prints on a scroll as a visual representation of their commitment to praying for unity.

Abby Guinness said it was ‘very moving to see that those who felt led to place their thumb print on the scroll were a true representation of the unity of the church. People of all ages, races and abilities placed a mark to signify our committed joint intent to be one with all our brothers and sisters in Christ.’

Since Easter, the project has travelled across the country to many different Christian conferences and festivals, including Creation Fest and Word Alive. Gathering hundreds of thumb prints along the way, it is a fantastic reflection of unity within the Church in the UK.

As John 17:21 suggests, unity is an important foundation for the Church, with massive implications for Christian living and mission. Malcolm Duncan’s books One For All: The Foundations and One For All: The Implications offer a greater insight into unity and its significance for us as Christians.