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UCC, Disciples ecumenical councils discuss COCU, 2001 gathering
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12 Apr 2000 13:04:40
Date: April 12, 2000
Disciples News Service
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Contact: Clifford L. Willis
on the Web: http://www.disciples.org
ST. LOUIS (DNS) -- A first-time meeting here of ecumenical bodies from
the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ
discussed their communions' roles in a new church union proposal and the
2001 gathering of their plenary bodies.
Board members of the Disciples Council on Christian Unity and the United
Church of Christ Council for Ecumenism met April 6-8. While other
Disciples and UCC administrative units share overseas ministries or
otherwise work together, this is the first joint meeting of the Council on
Christian Unity and Council for Ecumenism.
It no longer felt right not to be meeting together as partners, said the
Rev. Robert K. Welsh of the initial meeting of the CCU board and the UCC
Council for Ecumenism. Welsh is president of the Disciples' Council on
"We want to begin to do as much together as we can," echoed the Rev.
Randi Walker, Berkeley, Calif., chairperson of the UCC Council for
Both denominations are members of the Consultation on Church Union which,
upon approval by the nine member communions, will be succeeded by a new
entity -- Churches Uniting in Christ.
With the advent of this new relationship, the churches have finally
decided to stop consulting and to act, said the Rev. Michael Kinnamon,
Lexington, Ky., COCU general secretary. "This is a commitment to live
together as church in a new way," said the Disciples ecumenist. The new
relationship among the churches is set to begin in 2002.
The Disciples CCU and the United Church CFE discussed the possibility of
a joint resolution endorsing the new unity proposal. The Disciples General
Assembly and the UCC General Synod will meet jointly in 2001 in Kansas
City. Board and council members also discussed ideas for celebrating the
Churches Uniting in Christ proposal liturgically during the ‘01 common
In addition, the agenda included a report on learnings from the process
that formed the UCC and Disciples Common Global Ministries Board, and
discussions on interfaith dialogue, a possible resolution backing the COCU
initiative to combat racism, and support of the World Council of Churches'
decade-long emphasis on overcoming violence.
The Disciples of Christ and the Cleveland-based United Church of Christ
have been "ecumenical partners" since 1989, mutually recognizing members,
ministers and overseas mission.
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