An American Church That Might Have Been (via Keith Watkins Historian)

The Disciples have long been at the forefront of the ecumenical movement. While we weren't officially present on the day that what became the Consultation on Christian Union in 1960, we were quickly a part of the effort.  Keith Watkins has begun a series of posts at his blog that is worth attending to. On that Sunday in 1960, at Grace Cathedral (a church, by the way, that my parents were members at the time), Eugene Carson Blake, the leader of the United Presbyterian Church (the northern branch that would later form part of the PCUSA) and James Pike, Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Northern California, called on the churches to join together as one body. As a community of Disciples, readers of [D]mergent might wish to keep watch over this series.


An American Church That Might Have Been On Sunday December 4, 1960, a sermon preached in San Francisco seized the imagination of people across the United States and much of the English-speaking world. Two of the highest profile Christian leaders in the nation—Eugene Carson Blake, Stated Clerk of the United Presbyterian Church, and James A. Pike, widely-known Episcopal bishop—conducted worship at Grace Episcopal Cathedral high atop Nob Hill. As bishop of the Diocese of San Francisco, Pi … Read More

via Keith Watkins Historian