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Christian Unity

Theological Dialogue and Matters of Faith and Order

The night before his death, Jesus prayed that we who believe in him might all be one (John 12:21).  We want to be faithful in responding to this wish of Jesus.  But we know that our churches are not simply different from one another, but divided in many ways. 

Faith and Order affirms the oneness of the Church of Jesus Christ keeps before the churches the Gospel call to visible unity in one faith and one eucharistic communion, expressed in worship and in common life in Christ, in order that the world may believe.  The NCC’s member churches have given the Faith and Order convening table, which is part of the worldwide and longstanding Faith and Order movement, the work of speaking together about the Gospel and our church communities in ways that will lead to healing our divisions while honoring our diversity. 

Theologians and other experts sent by the churches (both member and non-member churches) together study critical church-dividing and church-uniting matters, produce publications and other resources on these ecclesiological and social concerns, and provide a theological foundation for the NCC’s overall work in addressing these issues. Current Faith and Order work will culminate in a new book, Addressing Racism as the Church: Some Theological Considerations, which will be published in 2024. 

The list of the table’s outcomes, based on previous studies, includes: 








Rev. Dr. Kirsten Oh, United Methodist Church

Raffi Balian, Armenian Orthodox Church

NCC Staff:

Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Associate General Secretary, National Council of Churches.