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NCC Leader to Step Down

(RNS) The National Council of Churches announced on Wednesday (Nov. 9) that General Secretary Michael Kinnamon is resigning due to health reasons. Kinnamon, 63, told the ecumenical group’s governing board that he must “immediately and significantly” reduce his activity, especially the frequent travel required by the job, under the advice of his cardiologist. A minister […] Read More

(RNS) While mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. continue to experience decades-long decline, the memberships of Pentecostal traditions are on the rise, according to new figures compiled by the National Council of Churches. The Roman Catholic Church (No. 1) and the Southern Baptist Convention (No. 2) are still significantly larger than all other North American […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Leaders of the nation’s largest coalition of Christian churches will gather here this week (Nov. 9-11) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ecumenical movement. Members of the National Council of Churches, representing 100,000 congregations and 45 million people in 35 Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox denominations, will also discuss and how to […] Read More

The National Council of Churches, America’s leading ecumenical group, charted a new course by selecting a long-time educator and ecumenical leader to head a newly restructured and downsized organization. After confirmation next month to a four-year term of office, Michael Kinnamon, 58, will become the ninth general secretary of the National Council of Churches of […] Read More

American history shows that churches committed to social change eventually succeed. Slavery, child labor, legalized racial discrimination—all collapsed under the heat of faith-based opposition. Now, one of the targets is poverty, and the National Council of Churches (NCC) hopes to mobilize its 140,000 congregations, in 36 member denominations, to take effective action to reduce poverty’s […] Read More

(NCC) Washington, D.C.—For the first time ever, the Sierra Club and National Council of Churches are teaming up to protect America’s beautiful landscapes, launching TV and newspaper ads calling on Americans to “keep our promise to care for creation.” Evoking religious themes, the ads say Americans ought not ruin the land we’ve been entrusted to […] Read More