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NCC begins search for
General Secretary/President


The NCC is seeking candidates for General Secretary/President, the top staff leadership position in the 63-year-old ecumenical organization. The newly designated position, formerly general secretary, has emerged from a year-long transitional process conducted by the NCC Governing Board under the leadership of President Kathryn Lohre and Transitional General Secretary Peg Birk. Under the new configuration, the president of the NCC will become chair of the Governing Board. Applications should be sent to Alisa Lewis, director of human resources, United Church of Christ, at lewisam@ucc.org, or at 700 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Deadline: August 31, 2013. Read More.

 

Additional information about the position can be found at www.ncccusa.org/pdfs/GSprofile.pdf and www.ncccusa.org/pdfs/GSjobdescription.pdf. Click here for NCC General Secretary requirements.

 

NCC calls for 'workable solutions' in Middle East peace quest

As violence and unrest continue to destabilize the Middle East, the NCC supports Secretary of State Kerry's effort “to seek workable solutions and maintain open channels of communication” among all parties. Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC associate general secretary, Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations, applauded ongoing diplomatic efforts, including Kerry’s multiple visits to the Middle East since assuming office in March. Read More.

 

In wake of Zimmerman acquittal, NCC calls for racial justice

National Council of Churches President Kathryn Lohre has released the following statement following the acquittal of George Zimmerman: "In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal of the murder of Trayvon Martin, the National Council of Churches joins other people of faith and conscience in a renewed call for racial justice..."  Read More.

 

NCC welcomes Senate passage of immigration reform bill
The NCC praised the U.S. Senate June 27 for its bipartisan support of comprehensive immigration reform. The bill received wide support from Democrats and Republicans and passed by a vote of 68 to 32. President Kathryn Lohre expressed thanks today for the Senate’s “bold step forward,” and said NCC members “pray that the House of Representatives will continue to build on this momentum.” Read More.


Bob Edgar, NCC General Secretary from 2000 to 2007

NCC leaders and staff expressed shock and sadness at the sudden death April 23 of the Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar, NCC general secretary from 2000 to 2007.NCC President Kathryn Lohre expressed the council’s condolences to Edgar’s family and many friends.“He is universally remembered as a man of tireless commitment and boundless energy,” Lohre said. “We are finding it difficult to grasp the sudden loss of this fine church leader.” Read More.


NCC expresses dismay over kidnapping of bishops in Syria
As dismay intensified over the kidnapping of two Christian leaders in Syria, the National Council of Churches USA and World Council of Churches have sent to their members the call of Greek and Syriac patriarchs to “stand fast in the face of what is going on and witness to their faith in the power of love in this world.” Read More

President Lohre offers prayers for victims in Boston
A message from NCC President Kathryn Lohre on the day of the Boston Marathon bombing: Today we are grieving with those in Boston, and joining in prayer with Christians and people of faith around the world. As the National Council of Churches, we stand in solidarity with the Massachusetts Council of Churches. We give thanks for the pastoral leadership of its executive director, The Rev. Laura Everett, and all those Christian leaders who join her in reaching out to those impacted. The MCC has offered a powerful public statement, available here. The prayers offered in this statement are fervently echoed by all of us. We pray that God will continue to bring comfort to those who mourn, healing to those who are injured, and peace to those who are living in fear and uncertainty in this difficult time.

 

Application form for Global Ecumenical Theological Institute
Application forms are now available for the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute that will prepare 25 students and younger pastors for an intensive ecumenical experience in conjunction with the World Council of Churches Assembly in Busan, South Korea, in October and November 2013. For more information, and to download the application form, go here.


 

NRSV, RSV translations now offered on Bible Gateway

As the result of a new relationship between Bible Gateway and the NCC announced Nov. 26, visitors to BibleGateway.com have access to the Revised Standard Version (RSV) and New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) translations. With great appeal to Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christian traditions, these translations now have the opportunity to expand their reach and influence among Bible Gateway’s visitors.  Read More.


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