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Nine NCC Member Churches
January 20, 2002, MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After four decades of conversations in the Consultation on Church Union (COCU),nine of the 36 member denominations of the National Council of Churches have taken a step closer to each other in a new relationship known as Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC).
Each communion retains its own identity and decision-making structures, but the group plans to draw closer in sacred things -- including regular sharing of the Lord's Supper and a common mission to combat racism together.
The member churches, under the leadership of their General Secretary Michael Kinnamon professor at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis will also explore authorizing their ministers to serve and lead worship, when invited, in each of the communions.
NCC General Secretary Robert W. Edgar, shown here, was an invited speaker at the CUICs founding convocation in Memphis, Tenn., January 19-20. He participated in the groups march to end racism that went from the Memphis City Hall to the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
No stranger to this historic site, Dr. Edgar, while serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1970s, was a member of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives. While serving on the full committee, he also was a member of the Subcommittee on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Churches Uniting in Christ include the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, whose Bishop, Dr. Thomas L. Hoyt, Jr., is the National Council of Churches' President Elect (he will serve as NCC President in 2004-2005). Also, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal Church, International Council of Community Churches, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ and United Methodist Church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, also an NCC member communion, is a CUIC "Partner in Mission and Dialogue."
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