Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. (CCT)


Website: Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. (CCT)

From the 2013 Report of the department:

Christian Churches Together in the USA: Very Rev. Olof H. Scott

Our archdiocese continues in its participation as a member of Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. (CCT). CCT is a coalition of five Church Families, Historic Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical/Pentecostal, and Historic Black along with Christian service organizations. The Orthodox representation in this organization continues to be the same six Orthodox jurisdictions, three Eastern (Antiochian, Greek, OCA) and three Oriental (Armenian, Coptic, Syrian). All proclamations and statements issued by CCT are the result of consensus by the member bodies.

Fr. Olof Scott serves on the Steering Committee which is charged with the planning and work of CCT in between annual meetings. He is currently one of three Orthodox members, one Eastern and two Oriental, on this committee.

The 2012 and 2013 Annual Meetings of CCT were held in Memphis, TN, and Austin, TX, respectively, with Steering Committee meetings held in between in Chicago and Washington, DC. The meeting in Memphis focused on the topic of domestic racism/civil rights–past, present and future with visits to the Slave Haven Museum, Mason Temple (site of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Mountain Top" sermon) and the National Civil Rights Museum/Lorraine Motel (site of MLK Jr's assassination). The meeting in Austin involved discussions regarding immigration and resulted in a "Statement on Immigration Reform."

CCT held a symposium on racism in Birmingham, AL, on April 15, 2013, which coincided with the fiftieth anniversary of MLK Jr's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." As part of this symposium the gathered church leaders signed a document entitled "A Response to Dr. MLK Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail." This response is a bold and prophetic work addressing the sin of racism and can be accessed at http://christianchurchest....

In response to a request by our archdiocese CCT issued a letter to the White House dated June 3, 2013, urging their involvement to procure the release of the two kidnaped Metropolitans from Aleppo, thereby joining many other national and international pleas for their release.
Plans for the 2014 annual meeting to be held in Newark, NJ are underway; the topic chosen to be addressed is mass incarceration.
A special thanks to the V. Rev. Fr. David Barr, who represented our archdiocese at the meeting in Austin, and to His Grace Bishop NICHOLAS, who represented us and who was a co-signer of the historic document in Birmingham.