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. Letter of Appeal (2002) Churches Uniting in...
Suggestions and Ideas for Implementing Churches Uniting in Christ Ministerial Activities Pulpit Exchange: Invite a member of a neighboring CUIC congregation to serve on a board or committee of your church. Call a minister from another CUIC church. Create a ministers' association or...
The United Methodist Church believes "Christian unity is not an option; it is a gift to be received and expressed" (2008 BoD, "Ecumenical Commitment," P.104, p. 84). Since its inception we have been a part of the particular expression of unity known as COCU and now CUIC. Being with our...
CUIC Coordinating Council Meets in Chicago (Chicago, IL) On May 23rd, 2012 nine of the ten member communions of Churches Uniting in Christ and its partner in mission and dialogue, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, met at a conference hosted by the ELCA. The discussion centered...
The Peace and Justice Commission of the Wisconsin Council of Churches has prepared a series of lectionary reflections on civility, for use during this season of political campaigns between September 2 and November 4. Churches Uniting in Christ encourages you to make use of them where you...
Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, begun in 1741 and considered the “mother church” of Moravians in this country, has named the Rev. Hopeton Clennon as its head pastor, beginning in January 2013. Clennon, 51, has been serving as chaplain at Moravian College and Theological...
Rev. Ronald J. Degges, President Disciples Home Missions, writes we "celebrate January 15 of each year as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King is one of the best known Americans in history and only the second person to have his birthday declared a national holiday. He was motivated by the love...
The Coordinating Council met on January 24th and 25th, 2013 in Louisville, KY, with some representatives joining via conference call due to inclement weather. Rev. Robina Winbush reviewed the history of CUIC and its impact on current relationship. The network of relationships among member...
The Reverend Robina M. Winbush, President Ms. Jacqueline Dupont Walker, Vice President The Reverend Dr. Jean Hawxhurst, Secretary The Reverend Dr. Robert Welsh, Treasurer July 17, 2013 A Statement on the George Zimmerman Verdict in the Killing of Trayvon...
The United Methodist Church believes "Christian unity is not an option; it is a gift to be received and expressed" (2008 BoD, "Ecumenical Commitment," P.104, p. 84). Since its inception we have been a part of the particular expression of unity known as COCU and now CUIC. Being with our Christian sisters and brothers, and acting together for justice and equality, is a part of who we are in the Wesleyan tradition. So, it is with great hope and trust in God's promises we continue to move forward sharing this particular ecumenical gift.
Bischöfin Rosemarie Wenner
Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche in Deutschland
United Methodist Church in Germany
60487 Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY
"The most exciting years in Moravian history were the time when we as Moravians were least concerned about increasing our numbers and most concerned about working with other Christian bodies. CUIC and other ecumenical relationships call us back to focus not on ourselves but on our love and service of our Lord, Jesus Christ, whom we recognize as the head of our church.”
The Rev. Dr. Hermann Weinlick
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 using five “Marks of Mission”:
We offer these mission priorities as well as our connection with CUIC as an expression of our commitment to unity in Christ. Additionally the Episcopal Church is committed to to racial justice through the passage of General Convention resolutions which we are called to work toward building “culture, expectation and practice of anti-racism” in the “life of The Episcopal Church” through ongoing training at the provincial and diocesan levels. For the text of these resolutions, please see: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/resolutions?by=topic&id=246
Churches United in Christ is an important movement of the Holy Spirit to bring healing and reconciliation between historic denominations that have been divided by race and theology.
Office of the General Assembly
The Rev. Richard Hamm, Former General Minister and President (on the occasion of the inauguration of CUIC in Memphis on January 21, 2002):
In the midst of this current world context, surely the inauguration of Churches Uniting in Christ must be seen as Good News. It is a clear signal that the Holy Spirit is still seeking to reunite the broken church of Jesus Christ . . .and that God is still seeking to bring peace and true community to all God's children. CUIC demonstrates that people can transcend differences for the sake of a higher unity, in spite of differences of doctrine, institutional life, and even (especially even) race. Thanks be to God.The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has always said, "Christian unity is our polar star." More recently, we have also committed ourselves to becoming an "anti-racist/pro-reconciling church." Our participation in Churches Uniting in Christ will be both a means to express these commitments and a laboratory in which to practice them.
Statements from heads of communion or key church leaders about CUIC will be published on this page as they are received.