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Christian Churches Together - Press Release - January 7-9, 2004

 

 

On January 7-9, 2004, 50 church leaders from a very broad range of Christian churches met together at Camp Allen near Houston, Texas, to work toward the launch in 2005 of an historic new inter-confessional entity, Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. (CCT). The purpose of CCT is "to enable churches and national Christian organizations to grow closer together in Christ in order to strengthen our Christian witness in the world."

Churches from all major Christian families-Evangelical/Pentecostal, Catholic, Orthodox, historic Racial/Ethnic, historic Protestant-are moving toward joining together to launch Christian Churches Together in the spring of 2005. Never before in the history of the U.S. has this broad and widely representative group of churches come together in this way.

At Camp Allen, the church leaders and representatives of national Christian organizations prayed and talked together; identified and achieved consensus on all major issues related to the founding document; engaged in discussions on both the nature of prayer in our diverse Christian traditions and the explosion of Christianity in the global South; and deepened our fellowship in Christ through numerous personal conversations.

More than twenty-five Christian communions are currently officially engaged, in ways appropriate to each church's polity, in deciding to become founding participants of Christian Churches Together. It is expected that a substantial number of denominations from all five families will decide to become founding participants of Christian Churches Together in 2005.

ROSTER OF ATTENDEES
January 7-9, 2004

Bishop Vicken AykazianDiocese of the Armenian Church
Commissioner W. Todd BassettThe Salvation Army
Bishop Stephen BlaireCatholic Diocese of Stockton
Most Rev. Tod D. BrownCatholic Diocese of Orange California
Ms. Sharon BrowningSharon Browning & Associates
The Rev. Rothangliani ChhangteAmerican Baptist Churches USA
The Rev. Dr. Seung Koo ChoiThe Korean Presbyterian Church in America
Mr. Bonn ClaytonNational Assoc. of Congregational Christian Churches
Bishop Dimitrios CouchellGreek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Sister Joan DelaneyRoman Catholic
Dr. Robert W. EdgarNational Council of Churches
The Rev. Dr. David H. EngelhardChristian Reformed Church in North America
Bishop C. Christopher EptingEpiscopal Church USA
President Jeff FarmerOpen Bible Churches
The Rev. Wesley Granberg-MichaelsonReformed Church in America
The Rev. Dr. Roberta HestenesWorld Vision
Bishop Francis J. KaneRoman Catholic
The Rev. Arthur KennedyEcumenical & Interreligious Affairs Officer
Mr. David WagschalOrthodox Church in America
Bishop James D. LeggettInternational Pentecostal Holiness Church
The Rev. Michael LivingstonInternational Council of Community Churches
The Rev. Rafael LuevanoEcumenical & Interreligious Affairs Officer
The Rev. Carlos MalavePresbyterian Church USA
Dr. Kevin W. MannoiaAzusa Pacific (Observer)
The Rev. Thomas R. McGowanRoman Catholic
Sister Joan McGuireRoman Catholic
President Grant McMurrayCommunity of Christ (Observer)
The Rev. A. Roy MedleyAmerican Baptist Churches USA
Ms. Gail MengelCommunity of Christ (Observer)
Father John W. MorrisAntiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of NA
Mr. Stanley J. NoffsingerChurch of the Brethren
President Glenn R. PalmbergEvangelical Covenant Church
Dr. Ben RichmondFriends United Meeting
Dr. Ann K. RiggsNCC Faith & Order Commission (Observer)
The Rev. Dr. Bruce RobbinsUnited Methodist Church
The Rev. Ronald G. RobersonRoman Catholic
The Rev. Dr. William G. RuschFoundation for a Conference on Faith & Order in NA (Observer)
The Rev. Gabriel A. SalgueroMissionary Pentecostal Church of God(Observer)
Bishop James Nicholas SamraRoman Catholic
Dr. Robert E. SawyerMoravian Church
The Rev. Jim SchragMennonite Church USA
Bishop H. G. SerapionCoptic Orthodox Church
The Rev. Ronald J. SiderEvangelicals for Social Action
Dr. Gilbert W. StaffordChurch of God
The Rev. Lydia VelikoUnited Church of Christ
Dr. Daniel VestalCooperative Baptist Fellowship
The Rev. Bert WaggonerAssociation of Vineyard Churches
The Rev. James WallisSojourners
Dr. Robert WelshChristian Church Disciples of Christ
The Rev. Don Dixon WilliamsBread for the World



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