Quotations

Scripture

"I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one" (John 17:11)

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me— so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me" (John 17:20-23)

"For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body-whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink" (1 Cor 12:13).

"There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph 4:4-6).

Other

"What unites us is much greater than what divides us" (Pope John XXIII, quoted in Ut Unum Sint, §20)

The United Methodist Church believes "Christian unity is not an option; it is a gift to be received and expressed" (Bischofin Rosemarie Wenner, United Methodist Church in Germany)

"The mission of the Episcopal Church, as stated in The Book of Common Prayer’s catechism, is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ" (General Convention of the Episcopal Church)

"Christian unity is not achieved by paper declarations of theological agreement and formal expressions of mutual recognition; it is achieved only when those "in each place" who have been separated begin to live together as one people of God 'in one fully committed fellowship'" (Yeago, David S. 2004. "The Ecclesial Context of Ecumenical Reception: A Case Study." In The Ecumenical Future, edited by Carl E. Braaten and Robert W. Jenson, 29-45. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).