2019 CCT a Work of the Holy Spirit

Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Orthodox, African-American and Protestant Christian Communions & organizations in the U.S.A. witnessing together to the reconciling power of the Gospel of Jesus

 

The purpose of Christian Churches Together is to enable churches

and national Christian organizations to grow closer together in Christ

in order to strengthen our Christian witness in the world.

 

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

 

Easter in Catholic Catechism

“We bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, this day he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus.”489 The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by Tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament; and preached as an essential part of the Paschal mystery along with the cross:

Christ is risen from the dead!
Dying, he conquered death;
To the dead, he has given life.

Therefore Easter is not simply one feast among others, but the “Feast of feasts,” the “Solemnity of solemnities,” just as the Eucharist is the “Sacrament of sacraments” (the Great Sacrament). St. Athanasius calls Easter “the Great Sunday”43 and the Eastern Churches call Holy Week “the Great Week.” The mystery of the Resurrection, in which Christ crushed death, permeates with its powerful energy our old time, until all is subjected to him.

Easter in Orthodox Tradition

“The Resurrection of Christ, in relation to the Crucifixion, constitutes the essence of the Christian Easter, which is the center of the celebrations of worship of God in the Orthodox Church.”

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

In the Orthodox Church, the feast of Christ’s resurrection is commonly referred to as “Pascha” (PAS-ka), the Greek term for “Passover.” Jesus’ rising from the dead is the point of reference for all Orthodox thought and life. Every Sunday is dedicated to the resurrection of Christ, so that we never lose sight of the centrality of Christ’s victory over death. Yet in the Feast of Feasts–after a period of fasting and spiritual preparation that lasts almost two months called Great Lent– the Orthodox faithful celebrate the greatest of all holy days, Pascha. “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!” we sing.

John Calvin on Christ’s Resurrection

We have in his death the complete fulfillment of salvation, for through it we are reconciled to God, his righteous judgment is satisfied, the curse is removed, and the penalty paid in full. Nevertheless, we are said to ‘have been born anew to a living hope’ not through his death but ‘through his resurrection’ [I Peter 1:3 p.]. For as he in rising again, came forth victor over death, so the victory of our faith over death lies in his resurrection alone.

 


 

This historic root of racism that is still entrenched today is critical to understanding how far we have come and how far we still need to go in the rooting out of this evil. During our time together, we will also be visiting the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (National Lynching Memorial) and worshiping at the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

The leaders of the member communion in Christian Churches Together are committed to confronting racism in the name of Christ. We hope that you make plans to join us this year in Montgomery, to explore ways to work together to eradicate racism in our country.

October 2-4 Embassy Suites Hotel – Montgomery, AL


 

Christian Churches Together Statement on Immigration 

 

The diverse group, representing leadership from Catholic, Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Protestant, Orthodox,
and Historic Black churches, agreed on these unified principles:
• An earned path to citizenship for the 11 million people in the United States without authorization.
• The priority of family reunification in any immigration reform.
• Protecting the integrity of our borders and protecting due process for immigrants and their families.
• Improving refugee protection laws and asylum laws.
• Reviewing international economic policies to address the root causes of unauthorized immigration

Read full statement HERE


 

The communions and organizations in Christian Churches Together are committed:

– to celebrate a common confession of faith in the Triune God.
– to discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit through prayer and theological dialogue.
– to provide fellowship and mutual support.
– to seek a better understanding of each other by affirming our commonalities and understanding our differences.
– to foster evangelism faithful to the proclamation of the gospel.
– to speak to society with a common voice whenever possible.
– and to promote the common good of society.


 

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