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Published on July 9, 2007

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CHURCHES UNITING IN CHRIST:  CHURCHES UNITING IN CHRIST That they may all be one. John 17:21 Slide2:  Churches Uniting in Christ Is a relationship among nine Christian Communions; That have pledged to live more closely together; To worship together; To express their unity in Christ; And to combat racism together. The Nine Communions Are::  The Nine Communions Are: The African Methodist Episcopal Church The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church The Episcopal Church (USA) The International Council of Community Churches The Presbyterian Church (USA) The United Church of Christ The United Methodist Church Additionally, there are two communions who are Partners in Mission and Dialogue::  Additionally, there are two communions who are Partners in Mission and Dialogue: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America The Moravian Church (Northern Province) The Roman Catholic Church is an Observer participant. Slide5:  Churches Uniting in Christ is both an outgrowth of and successor to the Consultation on Church Union (COCU), an organization that worked for more than 40 years toward the day when Christians can become more fully reconciled to each other. In the Beginning…:  In the Beginning… The Consultation on Church Union (COCU) had its origins in a proposal made by the late Rev. Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, a Presbyterian leader, in a historic sermon preached December 6, 1960 at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco. Slide7:  Dr. Brake was invited to the pulpit by the late Bishop James K. Pike, then head of the Episcopal Diocese of California. His historic sermon entitled 'A Proposal Towards the Reunion of Christ’s Church', invited four major Protestant Denominations to work toward a plan of union. Slide8:  The four denominations were: The Episcopal Church (USA) The United Presbyterian Church The United Methodist Church The United Church of Christ They met together at the First Plenary held in Washington, DC in 1962. Together they envisioned a church that would be::  Together they envisioned a church that would be: Truly Catholic Truly Reformed Truly Evangelical During the next 20 years. . .:  During the next 20 years. . . Additional communions joined COCU Several critical affirmations were made which would later become important in forming the basis for the visible marks of participation in Churches Uniting in Christ. COCU Sunday was established. The COCU Liturgy was adopted. A Plan of Union for the Church of Christ Uniting was adopted. Slide11:  The COCU Consensus, and Churches in Covenant Communion These two documents in 1985 and 1988 offered a basic theological and ecclesiological framework for moving to authentic oneness in the things that are essential to the church’s life: MISSION Slide12:  MINISTRY SACRAMENT FAITH By 1988. . .:  By 1988. . . The document 'Churches in Covenant Communion: The Church of Christ Uniting' was ready for approval. The member churches were asked to: Approve the text, Declare willingness to covenant, Identify procedures needed to recognize each other’s clergy. Impasse. . .:  Impasse. . . By 1994 only 7 of the 9 churches were able to approve fully the document and there was a realization that a new direction must be found. A new vision. . .:  A new vision. . . At the 1999 Plenary it was proposed that COCU be replaced with a new covenant to be called Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC) and that churches participating in this new covenant would express their relationship through specific visible marks. “Marks” of CUIC Participation:  'Marks' of CUIC Participation These 'Marks' include: recognition of each communion, each communion’s baptism, and each communion’s faith statements as authentic expressions of the one church of Jesus Christ; provisions for regular Eucharistic celebrations; and a shared mission to combat racism together. CUIC Inauguration. . .:  CUIC Inauguration. . . On Sunday, January 20, 2002, a gala service of worship at Mount Olive Cathedral (Christian Methodist Episopal) in Memphis, Tennessee, marked the inauguration of Churches Uniting in Christ. March to National Civil Rights Museum. . .As a part of the celebration, leaders of ten CUIC communions gathered at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. :  March to National Civil Rights Museum. . . As a part of the celebration, leaders of ten CUIC communions gathered at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Their purpose was to endorse the “Appeal to the Churches To Seek God’s Beloved Community”, an integral part of the “marks of participation” in Churches Uniting in Christ.:  Their purpose was to endorse the 'Appeal to the Churches To Seek God’s Beloved Community', an integral part of the 'marks of participation' in Churches Uniting in Christ. Appeal to the Churches:  Appeal to the Churches They committed to work to eradicate racism affirming that: 'The struggle for unity among the races and among the churches has a common denominator: racism. To envision unity, without addressing racism, is to ignore our history in North America and deny the insidious nature of that which divides us.' Appeal to the Churches:  Appeal to the Churches The member communions of Churches Uniting in Christ pledge to each other to continue to work for racial justice through the adoption and implementation of nine strategic commitments. These commitments are outlined in the section later in this presentation on 'CUIC Commitments' Organization of CUIC:  Organization of CUIC Churches Uniting in Christ has a Coordinating Council composed of representatives from each member and partner church as well as the ecumenical officers of each communion. Three Task Forces support the vision of CUIC: Slide23:  Racial Justice Task Force This Task Force initiates and coordinates programs that fulfill the commitment made by the communions to work for racial justice. Racial Justice Consultation:  Racial Justice Consultation On March 31, 2004, leaders from each member and partner church gathered in Chicago to formulate action plans for meeting the commitments made to work toward racial justice. Racial Justice Consultation:  Racial Justice Consultation Nearly 100 leaders in racial justice heard a keynote address by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Racial Justice Consultation:  Racial Justice Consultation 'Racial justice is not a ‘sideline’ ministry for if and when we can get to it, it is the core of our spirituality. Racism is not one-dimensional. It is systemic. There must be a long-term, consistent strategy that is visible in all work.' Dr. Charleston Racial Justice Task Force:  Racial Justice Task Force The Racial Justice Task Force, through its ecumenical membership, plans to develop a network of persons working to eradicate racism and to compile a list of resources and best practices. This compilation will be made available to all communions as a resource for education, worship and advocacy. Local and Regional Ecumenism Task Force:  Local and Regional Ecumenism Task Force This CUIC Task Force promotes ecumenical activities at the city, state and regional levels through: Development of liturgical and curricular resources. Promotion of CUIC Sunday (Sunday closest to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Collaborative work with the Racial Justice Task Force. Local and Regional Ecumenism Task Force:  Local and Regional Ecumenism Task Force Initiation of congregational, regional and grass-roots programs and networks that encourage local expressions of CUIC relationships. Maintenance of web site and newsletter Building relationships with theological seminaries. Ministry Task Force:  Ministry Task Force The third Churches Uniting in Christ Task Force is involved with formulating a proposal which would result in the mutual recognition and reconciliation of the ministries of each communion for the sake of full communion and common mission. “Mutual Recognition and Mutual Reconciliation of Ministries”:  'Mutual Recognition and Mutual Reconciliation of Ministries' This document has been developed by the Ministry Task Force as part of the final step in the process begun in 1988 with the Plan for Churches in Covenant Communion. The document proposes the following: Reconciliation of Ministries:  Reconciliation of Ministries During the Summer of 2005 the document and related study materials will be distributed to all communions for the purposes of study, comment, and feedback. Reconciliation of Ministries:  Reconciliation of Ministries In response to comments from study groups, the Ministry Task Force will prepare a final document to be forwarded to all partner churches in 2007 for votes at their subsequent national assemblies. Reconciliation of Ministries:  Reconciliation of Ministries If adopted by the communions in their national assemblies as they are held in succeeding years, a celebration of the inauguration of the Mutual Recognition and Mutual Reconciliation of Ministries could take place in 2010. A vision for the future:  A vision for the future Churches Uniting in Christ is not just a coalition of denominations. We are committed to doing ministry together as partners.** **from sermon delivered by Dr. Michael Kinnamon (past General Secretary, COCU) at the Inauguration of Churches Uniting in Christ, January 18, 2002 A vision for the future:  A vision for the future The structure of CUIC – with a coordinating council and work groups – is a framework for growth in relationships centered around sharing in sacraments and service.** **from sermon delivered by Dr. Michael Kinnamon (past General Secretary, COCU) at the Inauguration of Churches Uniting in Christ, January 18, 2002 A vision for the future:  A vision for the future CUIC is not the church. Each of the communions will continue to baptize and ordain as separate bodies. But CUIC is a commitment, a substantive covenant, signifying that life together is an essential dimension of who we are as churches.** **from sermon delivered by Dr. Michael Kinnamon (past General Secretary, COCU) at the Inauguration of Churches Uniting in Christ, January 18, 2002 A vision for the future:  A vision for the future Churches Uniting in Christ is not something we join; it is something we are--together.** **from sermon delivered by Dr. Michael Kinnamon (past General Secretary, COCU) at the Inauguration of Churches Uniting in Christ, January 18, 2002 Slide39:  This concludes the brief overview of Churches Uniting in Christ. For additional information click on the chapters listed below: Ways Your Congregation Can Participate in CUIC Member Communions of CUIC CUIC Commitments

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