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 communions was also reviewed.
- The Council discussed the ongoing search for a consultant on race and ministry, with the conclusion that such a consultant would draft a narrative of CUIC’s history and the role racism has played in that history.
- Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson brought a report from the Racial and Social Justice Task Force, which had an initial conference call in November. The Task Force will focus on civil discourse and will endeavor to include representatives from all communions in CUIC.
- Rev. Laura Everett gave a presentation on the use of social media and distributed a questionnaire to Council members.
- The Council discussed its relationships with other church uniting efforts and conciliar entities, especially as it pertains to the Racial and Social Justice Task Force.
- Several decisions were made to ensure the continued productivity of future meetings and ensuring that action items from this and other meetings will be completed.
- The absence of representatives from the AME Zion and CME churches was noted and efforts will be made to include those representatives in the future.
- The meeting was closed with the celebration of communion.
Actions items from the meeting include:
- Selecting a Race and Ministry consultant
- Including the three traditionally African American churches in CUIC on the Racial and Social Justice Task Force
- Responding to Rev. Laura Everett’s Digital Ministry handout
- Creating a calendar on the website with each communion’s major events
- The decision to allow members to partner with other ecumenical efforts but not to speak on behalf of CUIC
- Communicating a desire for collaboration between the Racial and Social Justice Task Force and the NCCC
- Contacting the AME Zion and CME churches