Still on pilgrimage
Churches uniting in Christ
The months preceding the 18th plenary of the Consultation on Church Union, held in St. Louis in January, were marked by no little anxiety and anticipation. Though by 1996 eight of the nine communions had voted by significant majorities to enter into "covenant communion," the Episcopal Church, which had in earlier years provided extraordinary leadership and influence in COCU, had not signed on. Its hesitancy was due partly to concerns about the basis of the COCU consensus and partly to the church's preoccupation with dialogues with the Roman Catholic Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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