Ecumenical group limps as two churches cut ties

Churches Uniting in Christ
An ecumenical group of Christian denominations that was determined to address racism inside and outside the church is facing an uncertain future after officials of two of its three black member churches stopped attending its meetings.

The group, Churches Uniting in Christ, successor to a similar effort that began in 1962, has eliminated the position of director and is facing budgetary constraints after representatives of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church halted their participation.

Officials of those two denominations, who have not been at meetings for more than a year, say the group has failed at its essential mission—addressing racism—and CUIC leaders acknowledge that is true.


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