The mission of
Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT) is to “enable churches and
Christian organizations to grow closer together in Christ in order to
strengthen [their] Christian witness in the world.”
priority to prayer and worship, to building relationships of trust, and
to discerning societal challenges that need to be addressed for more
faithful Christian witness.
Thirty-four churches and national Christian organizations, representing over 100 million Americans, belong to the fellowship.
Church is deeply committed, as integral to her mission, to the full,
visible communion of all Christians,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire,
chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical
Relations and Interreligious Affairs.
in Christian Churches Together is an important step forward in the
process towards Christian unity that Jesus Christ wills for us,” he
said in an April 7 press release.
Catholic bishops voted to participate in CCT in November 2004. They
selected Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore, Bishop Blaire, and Fr.
Ronald Roberson, CSP, to serve on the CCT Steering Committee. Sr. Ana
María Pineda, RSM, professor at Santa Clara University, is an at-large
member. Cardinal Keeler serves as one of the CCT’s five presidents.
The vision of
CCT began when a diverse group of Christian leaders gathered in 2001
and expressed a longing for an expanded Christian conversation. At the
end of that meeting, which was hosted by Cardinal Keeler, the group
expressed the need for a new ecumenical forum in the U.S.
At a March 28-31
meeting near Atlanta, where the fellowship was finally formed, the
group focused on the issue of poverty in the U.S. They concluded that
overcoming poverty is “central to the mission of the Church and
essential to our unity in Christ,” and committed to work together to
address the causes of poverty.
For more information, go to: www.christianchurchestogether.org
Catholic Church in the U.S. has joined national leaders from four other
Christian confessions — Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Protestant,
Historic Racial/Ethnic and Orthodox — to form the broadest Christian
fellowship in the country.