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Bishop Mary Ann Swenson participates in the worship service at the Coordinating Council of Churches Uniting in Christ.

Churches Uniting in Christ council sets two-year goal


June 9, 2017

United Methodist Church ecumenical leaders recently attended the Coordinating Council of Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC), which met last week in Dallas, Texas, to celebrate the mutual recognition of ministries and to set vision and goals for the next two years.

Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, Vince Gonzalez, Rev. Megan Dean and Rev. Dr. Jean Hawxhurst, the Ecumenical Staff Officer for Leadership Development with the UMC Council of Bishops, joined other leaders from CUIC, which is a gathering of 11 communions in a covenantal relationship.

Apart from the UMC, the member churches of CUIC include 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, the International Council of Community Churches, the Moravian Church (Northern Province), the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a partner in mission and dialogue.

CUIC set three major objectives for the next two years including increasing the awareness of CUIC, its history and its current work and its emerging mission by creating a teaching resource to be used among churches.

Members also agreed to create an internet repository that would become an ecumenical storehouse for racial-justice and social-justice related information data and resources from all the member communions.

Also approved as an objective, was a plan to facilitate the development of authentic, covenant relationships through face-to-face encounters and events at the local level with clergy and laity in education, events, resource development and through local CUIC leaders.

In a panel discussion held on June 3 at the Christian Chapel Temple of Faith CME Church, the members offered several ideas to combat racism in the United States around immigration and criminal justice.

The meeting closed with a large worship service on June 4 to celebrate both Pentecost and the mutual recognition of ministry and ministers among all CUIC churches.  Participating in this service were the Heads of Communion, Ecumenical Officers and other leaders from all eleven denominations.

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Contact: Rev. Maidstone Mulenga 
Director of Communications – Council of Bishops
202-748-5172 (office) or 585-455-5683 (cell)