Saturday, June 04, 2005

Christian unity drive pauses; black denominations not ready to join :: Chico Enterprise Record

A national celebration of Christian unity tentatively planned for September won't be held then. Religious leaders who have been trying to bring together many Christian groups, including liberals and conservatives, decided this week it's too soon to officially launch the new ecumenical group they're calling Christian Churches Together.

They're holding off mainly because black denominations are not ready to join the movement, two church officials told the Enterprise-Record Friday.Leaders of the black churches fear the new organization won't speak strongly on issues that are important to blacks, such as poverty and racism, the E-R was told.
Leaders of more than 30 denominations and church groups met at a Jesuit retreat center south of San Francisco for three days this week to discuss forming Christian Churches Together.

It was hoped that at least 25 of the groups would be ready to vote to join. Organizers agreed they'd need that number to launch the new movement. If that many joined, they said, they would hold a gathering Sept. 18 at the National Cathedral in Washington....


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