Michael Kinnamon has served as the general secretary of the Consultation on Church Union and the National Council of Churches. He is the author of The Vision of the Ecumenical Movement and How It Has Been Impoverished by Its Friends.
It is difficult to assess the health of the current ecumenical movement. On the one hand, recent years have witnessed astonishing theological convergences--for example, the agreement on justification between the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation.
The Consultation on Church Union (COCU), pronounced dead more than once over the past 40 years, is indeed about to die. On January 20, 2002, COCU’s member communions will stop being a “consultation” and enter into a new, far more substantive relationship called Churches Uniting in Christ (CUIC).