In many ways, the world has changed since we last gathered. In other ways, the same challenges face us as before. Still, today just as yesterday, the central question is: what does it mean to live as a follower of Jesus today?

Through powerful speakers, seminars, and presentations we will find inspiration to come together as people who are called to bind up wounds, fight injustice, and protect the poor and vulnerable.

Resilience:  How do we grow, adapt, and thrive when we get discouraged?

Resistance: What does it mean to “stand in the way?”

Persistence: Where do we go to find the strength to remain engaged?

Our 2017 Christian Unity Gathering will examine all these questions through our theme, “Resilience, Resistance, and Persistence.” Come and be inspired and equipped for the long journey ahead!


Register here for the Christian Unity Gathering 2017.

Registration is now open for Christian Unity Gathering 2017. CUG17 will take place November 8-10 at the Sheraton in downtown Silver Spring, just outside Washington, DC. This gathering is the ONLY opportunity for all the Convening Tables to meet in person at the same time, so it is vitally important that you are there.

Click here to register today!


Christian Unity Gathering 2017 will take place November 8-10, 2017 at the Sheraton in downtown Silver Spring, MD, just outside Washington, DC. This will be an important time to regroup, recharge, and recommit ourselves to the work ahead.

Christian Unity Gathering Schedule (subject to change)

Tuesday, Nov. 7

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Executive Committee

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Registration Open

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Orientation

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Social Hour

Wednesday, Nov. 8

8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Registration Open

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Ecumenical Trust Board Meeting

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Corporate Committees
Intergenerational Think Tank
World Council of Churches Relations Committee

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Convening Tables

9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Children’s Defense Fund Seminar on Mass Incarceration

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 PM – 6:00 PM Convening Tables

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dinner

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Opening Worship
Preacher: Bishop Darin Moore, AME Zion Church

Thursday, Nov. 9

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM Registration Open

7:30 AM Shuttle to National Museum of African American History and Culture

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Tour  Museum with Lunch

1:00 PM Return Shuttle to Hotel

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Workshops
Role of the U.S. Church in Racial Reconciliation
Presentation from the NCC Truth & Reconciliation Working Group

Middle East Situation Report
Presentation from NCC Middle East Delegation

Children’s Defense Fund Seminar on Mass Incarceration

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Break
Social Hour and Book Signing

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Awards Gala and Dinner
Vanita Gupta, Leadership Conference, Keynote Speaker
Awards given to Ecumenical Leader of the Year, Interfaith Leader of the Year, Special Awards

Friday, Nov. 10

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Local and Regional Ecumenism Committee

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Governing Board

Evening worship service honoring Bishop Darin Moore
Location to be announced