Churches Uniting in Christ: Reconciling the Baptized, Seeking Unity with Justice
 
 

Unity in the midst of strife.

 
 
 

The story of CUIC (Churches Uniting in Christ) begins on December 4th, 1960 when Rev. Eugene Carson Blake, then the Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., preached a sermon at Grace Cathedral at the invitation of Bishop James A. Pike of the Episcopal Church. This sermon proposed creating a united Protestant Church which would have been named the Church of Christ Uniting. Thus, COCU (the Consultation on Church Union) was created, and its efforts continued for 40 years. Although the vision of Rev. Blake and Bishop Pike did not become reality, the central motivation for creating unity among Christians has remained alive and well in CUIC. Leaders of nine member communions met on January 20th, 2002 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN to inaugurate CUIC as a successor to COCU. CUIC intends to "live into unity" rather than simply "consulting" about unity, and is committed to the elimination of racism as a barrier to unity within and among member communions

In 2002, 11 Christian communions pledged to live more closely together in expressing their unity in Christ and combating racism through Churches Uniting in Christ.In the midst of war, terrorism, disasters, economic collapse, strident political polarization, and increasing wealth disparity, these church bodies are deepening their relationships and extending their common life. They look forward to a greater public witness of reconciling the baptized and seeking unity with justice.

Member Communions

Churches Uniting in Christ is a covenant relationship among eleven Christian communions

 
 African Methodist Episcopal Church  www.ame-church.com

African Methodist Episcopal Church www.ame-church.com

 African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church  www.amez.org

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church www.amez.org

 Christian Church  (Disciples of Christ)  www.disciples.org

Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ) www.disciples.org

 Christian Methodist  Episcopal Church  www.thecmechurch.org

Christian Methodist
Episcopal Church
www.thecmechurch.org

 The Episcopal Church  www.episcopalchurch.org

The Episcopal Church
www.episcopalchurch.org

 International Council of Community Churches   http://www.icccnow.org/

International Council of
Community Churches  http://www.icccnow.org/

 Moravian Church  (Northern Province)  www.mcnp.org

Moravian Church
(Northern Province)
www.mcnp.org

 Presbyterian Church (USA)  www.pcusa.org

Presbyterian Church (USA)
www.pcusa.org

 United Church of Christ  www.ucc.org

United Church of Christ
www.ucc.org

 United Methodist Church    www.umc.org

United Methodist Church  
www.umc.org

 PARTNERS IN MISSION AND DIALOGUE Evangelical Lutheran  Church in America    www.elca.org

PARTNERS IN MISSION AND DIALOGUE Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America  
www.elca.org

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