The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky – movements that were backlashes against the rigid denominationalism of the early 1800s.
A Heritage of Openness
The Disciples have a long heritage of openness to other Christian traditions having come into existence as a 19th century protest movement against denominational exclusiveness. At the local level and beyond, Disciples are frequently involved in cooperative and ecumenical work. In 1910, the Disciples established the Council on Christian Unity, the first denomination in the world to have an organization devoted to the pursuit of Christian unity. In keeping with their ecumenical mission, the Disciples have approximately 270 international church partners in close to 70 countries.
The Tapestry of Today
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a North American denomination.Disciples are working to become a pro-reconciling anti-racist church.