In 1989, the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) approved a historic partnership of full communion. The two churches proclaimed mutual recognition of their sacraments and ordained ministry.
Though remaining two distinct denominations, the UCC and Disciples have committed through their partnership to seek opportunities for common ministry, especially where work together will enhance the mission of the church.
The partnership is a unique experiment in U.S. ecumenism. In every setting of the two churches, UCC members and Disciples are serving Christ side by side. There are now many local congregations dually affiliated with both denominations, and it is common for Disciples and UCC ministers to serve congregations of the other denomination. The Common Global Ministries Board, formed by the UCC’s Wider Church Ministries and the Disciples’ Division of Overseas Ministries, unites the international mission work of the two churches.
LINK TO RESOURCES
- Resolution on Declaration of Full Communion (1989)
- Full Communion: Disciples-UCC Ecumenical Partnership (1989)
- Celebration Service: Our Partnership
- Report: Steering Committee (1985)
- Ecumenical Partnership Committee’s Basic Documents (1987)
- Vision Statement of the Ecumenical Partnership (1988)
- Background Information between Disciples UCC (1989)
- Basic Assumptions (1990)
- Purpose Statement (1990)
- Expressions Toward Full Communion
- Implications of the Mutual Recognition and Reconciliation of Ministries (1990)
- The Mutual Recognition and Reconciliation of Ordained Ministries: A study and Discussion Paper (1991)
- Study Series on the Covenant between Disciples UCC