Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Worship and Education Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
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Earlier this week I attended the first annual Christian Unity Gathering for the National Council of Churches (NCC) in Washington, DC. The Council has been restructured due to declining resources and this was the first time for denominational leaders, pastors, and professors from a wide variety of Christian traditions to join together to discuss one topic from a number of different angles. The topic for this gathering was mass incarceration, and the societal challenges faced by our criminal justice system.
Last week I attended the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches. This commission brings together ecumenical scholars (both professors and pastors) from approximately twenty Christian denominations to engage in multilateral discussions of theological issues around a common table. While the plurality of attendees are from Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, and Episcopalian backgrounds, participants also come from as broad a range as Christian Scientists, Roman Catholics, and Churches of Christ.