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NCC's Edgar Hails U.S.
Catholic Bishops' Agreement
November 18, 2004, NEW YORK CITY -- National Council of Churches General Secretary Bob Edgar welcomed the U.S. Catholic Bishops' decision Nov. 17 to join Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. (CCT), an effort to bring Catholics, evangelical and mainline Protestants, and Orthodox Christians around a common table for the first time.
CCT is a new forum for leaders of the nation's churches to discuss topics of common interest and grow in their relationships with one another -- more a place to be together than to act together, Dr. Edgar noted.
The NCC initiated the exploration of such a forum in 2001 and has continued as a key supporter of the CCT initiative, encouraging its 36 participating churches (denominations) to pursue the concept.
"The NCC and CCT are complementary,". Edgar noted. "Many of the NCC's 36 member churches are joining CCT -- an important step forward in broadening ecumenical fellowship -- while affirming their strong support of the NCC and its ongoing diverse program, which includes theological discussion, Bible translation, communication, education, interfaith relations and advocacy on behalf of critical issues of justice and peace."
According to Religion News Service, Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., who chairs the Catholic Bishops' ecumenical committee, said CCT is "not to create another kind of National Council of Churches. It's not to create some kind of megabody or megachurch. It's a forum for participation so we can pray together, grow in our understanding together and witness together our faith in whatever way is possible in our society."
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