Posted by: morgan1965 | September 19, 2010

Christian Denominations Working Together

Wednesday, September 16, 2010 was the date of the Unity Dinner, which was sponsored by the West Virginia Council of Churches. The West Virginia Council of Churches, an ecumenical religious organization, is celebrating 130 years of unity.

The member denominations of the Council do their work together as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. The Council is celebrating its anniversary under the theme, “One in the Spirit for 130 Years.” This theme is based on a scripture text found in John 17:11 – “And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.” The context for this text is a scene where Jesus prays for his disciples.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, Christians are tasked to do the work that Jesus has set for us to do in the four gospels. Denominational affiliation does not matter. The fact is that Jesus did not establish any denominations. It makes no difference that a person happens to be a Baptist, a United Methodist, a Roman Catholic or a member of any other Christian denomination. We are one in the Spirit, Protestants and Catholics.

The West Virginia Annual Conference is proud to be an active partner in the Council of Churches. As partners we provide financial support as well as engage in various ecumenical conversations on such issues as poverty, health care, children, and other relevant issues.

Currently I serve as vice-president of the Council, while Dr. William Wilson is serving in a first term as secretary. Other United Methodists serve in various capacities.

If you are not familiar with the West Virginia Council of Churches, I encourage you to check out their web site at http://www.wvcc.org/.

Also, I invite you to participate in future programs sponsored by the Council.

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