New ecumenical body aims for 2005 start

Christian Churches Together
Organizers of a daringly broad coalition of evangelical, Catholic, mainline Protestant and Orthodox Christians say they expect the organization will finalize its formation in May 2005—the first time this variety of U.S. Christians will have joined in a meaningful structure to express a common witness.

Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT)—mainly made up of denominational leaders, though up to one-fifth will be representatives of independent ministries and organizations—reflects ecumenical models that exist in other English-speaking nations but moves well beyond what U.S. church councils have achieved.

“Never before in the history of the United States has this broad and widely representative group of churches come together in this way,” said a statement issued after more than 50 Christian leaders met January 7-9 near Houston. The closed-door talks began in Baltimore in 2001, followed by meetings in Chicago in 2002 and Pasadena, California, in 2003.


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