"St. Luke writes that following the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were gathered in an upper room 'constantly devoting themselves to prayer'." "Since those first days of the church, the time between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost has been marked by calls to prayer for strength and wisdom in bearing a faithful witness to the gospel, for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to grace and guide the church in every age". "In the spirit of that long-standing tradition, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in 2016, invited 'a wave of prayer' across the Church of England. The response, according to Justin Welby, was 'astonishing'. Thousands of people joined in -- not just Anglicans, but people of many other denominations, too, and not just in England, but many other countries around the world. The response inspired the archbishops to launch 'Thy Kingdom Come', a global call to prayer between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost, 2017". Archbishop Fred Hiltz has called on the Anglican Church of Canada to participate. Article includes day by day prayer intentions with image of the logo of the 10-day global prayer initiative "Thy Kingdom Come".
Author states his concern and objection to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's "Thy Kingdom Come" campaign. "[N]early every tradition has value in the global conversation of who we should be as humans. We should not be acting or even praying to make the whole world Christian. Have we learned nothing from the Crusades, Inquisition, Indian residential schools and other hideous Christian missteps. The Anglican Church of Canada should have nothing official to do with this misguided campaign, and should further be examining its assumptions and intent when it even discusses evangelism. Politeness is not the same things as respect".
"I find it unfortunate that Keith Nunn, in a letter to the editor ('Misguided campaign', Sept. , p. 4) seems to have misunderstood the intentions of the Anglican Communion's 10-day global prayer initiative, Thy Kingdom Come. The campaign did not propose the type of harsh religious intolerance and volatility that he suggests. Thy Kingdom Come invited Christians to pray as the first disciples did, with expectation and anticipating the strengthening of the Holy Spirit for the work of the church. This highly successful campaign saw more than 100,000 people in 85 countries participate, including numerous bishops, dioceses, parishes and individuals here in Canada". "The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP), which exists to serve, support and encourage prayer, was pleased to participate and promote Thy Kingdom Come". "As a member of the AFP, and a doctoral student focusing on prayer, I would be happy to continue the discussion with Mr. Nunn, or anyone else with such concerns, at their convenience".
"In 2016 Thy Kingdom Come was born. But in 2017 it can be said that this great movement of prayer became truly global with people from 85 countries taking part" (p. 18). "The resources that we produced [this year] sought to serve a variety of traditions and styles, ages and outlooks. All resources were translated into six languages and available for free on the website ... The drive was to engage as many as possible in ways authentic to each, but inviting all into a more profound and committed pattern of prayer for the 10 days" (p. 18). "The website sought to engage people with a sense of the breadth of prayer, with all being encouraged to #pledgetopray. Those who signed up received a daily video for each of the 10 days straight to the inbox" (p. 18). "This year saw the Lusitanian Church in Portugal translate Thy Kingdom Come material into Portuguese and use it with their own evangelistic programme. In Canada the Prayer Fellowship [sic i.e. Anglican Fellowship of Prayer], led by the Primate's Chief of Staff, saw that leaflets went to rural Anglican churches to encourage participation" (p. 19). "The Bishop of Cuba [Griselda Delgado], who leads a Church in a far from easy environment, found being asked to do one of the 11 prayer videos a marvellous encouragement and affirmation of her own ministry" (p. 19).