COCU

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COCUConsultation On Church Union
COCUChurches of Christ Uniting
COCUCouncil on Christian Unity, Inc. (est. 1910; Indianapolis, IN)
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We, the member churches of the Consultation on Church Union, gathered in St Louis, 20-24 January 1999, for the Consultation's Eighteenth Plenary, confess that we have not always been certain of the road towards visible unity in Christ, or patient with the pace of our journey.
We who have been partners in the Consultation on Church Union know much about uncertainty, hesitancy, and even despair.
In 1988 the Seventeenth Plenary of the Consultation on Church Union (COCU) approved the document Churches in Covenant Communion: The Church of Christ Uniting as a plan for the formation of a covenant communion of churches, and commended it to the nine member churches for three official actions to:
In designing the "process of covenanting," the Seventeenth Plenary said that "After the participating churches have considered and acted upon the proposals of the Consultation contained in the two documents, the COCU Consensus and Churches in Covenant Communion, the Consultation on Church Union will carefully examine the actions of the churches on these recommendations, and determine next steps accordingly.
The Eighteenth Plenary meeting of the Consultation on Church Union recommends to the participating churches that, by formal action, they agree to enter into a new relationship to be called Churches Uniting in Christ, and that they together inaugurate this new relationship through public declaration and liturgical celebration during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the year 2002.
Specifically, we commend to the churches the actions recommended in "A Call to Christian Commitment and Action to Combat Racism" approved by the Eighteenth Plenary of the Consultation on Church Union.
In 1988 a plenary of the Consultation on Church Union met in New Orleans and approved the text "Churches in Covenant Communion", the blueprint for the Church of Christ Uniting, and unanimously commended it to the nine member communions.
Any possibility of creative engagement with the Consultation on Church Union was effectively put on hold.
Obviously the reluctance of the Episcopal Church and the "sound of an uncertain Presbyterian trumpet" raises significant questions for the Consultation on Church Union and any immediate hope of a Church of Christ Uniting.
Second, members of the Consultation on Church Union must ask what it would mean for the intended construction of an ecclesiology which is "truly catholic, truly reformed, and truly evangelical", if the partner which most easily brought the truly catholic" essence were not present at the inauguration of the Church of Christ Uniting.
Second, mainline communions, such as are represented in the Consultation on Church Union, are rapidly changing.
The African-American members of the Consultation on Church Union particularly are insistent that the Church of Christ Uniting embrace unity with justice in its theological and missional life.
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