Events – 2009 Annual Meeting
January 13-16, 2009, Baltimore, Maryland
Some 90 leaders of 43 participating Christian communions and national Christian organizations gathered in Baltimore for the Third Annual Meeting of Christian Churches Together in the USA. Joining the group on Wednesday were 15 seminarians and young leaders from across the five “families” of churches: Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Protestant, Historic African American, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic.
The Annual Meeting featured worship led by each of the five families; prayerful discernment of next steps in the development of CCT’s domestic poverty initiative; release of a non-partisan statement in Washington D.C.; conversation with Congressional leaders and members of the Obama Administration’s Transition Staff; and conversation about evangelism in preparation for the 2010 Annual Meeting.
The non-partisan statement regarding the elimination of domestic poverty was released in a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. CCT believes that Christian leaders, standing shoulder to shoulder from across the spectrum of theology and practice is a helpful witness as we seek to keep domestic poverty front and center on the nation’s agenda and on the agenda of the new Administration.
In addition to regular participants, there were several observers present who represented the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Coptic Orphans Support Association, Bridge of Hope, Mission America Coalition and the Seventh Day Adventist General Conference.