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The story of CUIC (Churches Uniting in Christ) begins on December 4th, 1960 when Rev. Eugene Carson Blake, then the Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., preached a sermon at Grace Cathedral at the invitation of Bishop James A. Pike of the Episcopal Church. This sermon proposed creating a united Protestant Church which would have been named the Church of Christ Uniting. Thus, COCU (the Consultation on Church Union) was created, and its efforts continued for 40 years. Although the vision of Rev. Blake and Bishop Pike did not become reality, the central motivation for creating unity among Christians has remained alive and well in CUIC. Leaders of nine member communions met on January 20th, 2002 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN to inaugurate CUIC as a successor to COCU. CUIC intends to "live into unity" rather than simply "consulting" about unity, and is committed to the elimination of racism as a barrier to unity within and among member communions
On this website, you may find many documents and articles about the history of CUIC and its recent activities. Please take some time to learn more about this important effort to increase the unity of Christ's church, and visit to Contact page to get involved or learn more!
The United Methodist Church believes "Christian unity is not an option; it is a gift to be received and expressed" (2008 BoD, "Ecumenical Commitment," P.104, p. 84). Since its inception we have been a part of the particular expression of unity known as COCU and now CUIC. Being with our Christian sisters and brothers, and acting together for justice and equality, is a part of who we are in the Wesleyan tradition. So, it is with great hope and trust in God's promises we continue to move forward sharing this particular ecumenical gift.
Bischöfin Rosemarie Wenner
Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche in Deutschland
United Methodist Church in Germany
60487 Frankfurt am Main, GERMANY
"The most exciting years in Moravian history were the time when we as Moravians were least concerned about increasing our numbers and most concerned about working with other Christian bodies. CUIC and other ecumenical relationships call us back to focus not on ourselves but on our love and service of our Lord, Jesus Christ, whom we recognize as the head of our church.”
The Rev. Dr. Hermann Weinlick
The mission of the Episcopal Church, as stated in The Book of Common Prayer’s catechism, is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ using five “Marks of Mission”:
We offer these mission priorities as well as our connection with CUIC as an expression of our commitment to unity in Christ. Additionally the Episcopal Church is committed to to racial justice through the passage of General Convention resolutions which we are called to work toward building “culture, expectation and practice of anti-racism” in the “life of The Episcopal Church” through ongoing training at the provincial and diocesan levels. For the text of these resolutions, please see: http://www.generalconvention.org/gc/resolutions?by=topic&id=246
Churches United in Christ is an important movement of the Holy Spirit to bring healing and reconciliation between historic denominations that have been divided by race and theology.
Office of the General Assembly
The Rev. Richard Hamm, Former General Minister and President (on the occasion of the inauguration of CUIC in Memphis on January 21, 2002):
In the midst of this current world context, surely the inauguration of Churches Uniting in Christ must be seen as Good News. It is a clear signal that the Holy Spirit is still seeking to reunite the broken church of Jesus Christ . . .and that God is still seeking to bring peace and true community to all God's children. CUIC demonstrates that people can transcend differences for the sake of a higher unity, in spite of differences of doctrine, institutional life, and even (especially even) race. Thanks be to God.The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has always said, "Christian unity is our polar star." More recently, we have also committed ourselves to becoming an "anti-racist/pro-reconciling church." Our participation in Churches Uniting in Christ will be both a means to express these commitments and a laboratory in which to practice them.
Statements from heads of communion or key church leaders about CUIC will be published on this page as they are received.