United States National Council of Churches elects all-female officers for the first time


(Photo: NCC (United States))Top Left: Bishop Teresa Jefferson Snorton, President / Bottom Left: Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Vice President / Bottom Right: Kimberly Gordon Brooks, Secretary / Top Right: Rev. Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, Treasurer

The National Council of Churches (United States) elected for the first time in the 71-year history of the ecumenical organization an all-female roster of officers.

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton, head of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, became president of the organization on October 13, beginning a two-

Jefferson-Snorton is joined by the Reverend Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the Vice President; Kimberly Gordon Brooks, First Vice President of the 3rd District Lay Organization, African Methodist Episcopal Church, who serves as secretary; and Reverend Teresa “Terri” Hord Owens, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Treasurer.

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States (NCC) was founded in 1950, serving 38 member communions and over 40 million people.

This represents 100,000 congregations of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African-American and Living Peace traditions.

The CNC joins forces with secular and interfaith partners to advance a common agenda of peace, progress and positive change.

Three of the new officers are women of color, the NCC said.

Eaton is a Black Thursdays Ambassador who helps lead the campaign for a world free of rape and gender-based violence for the WCC campaign.

“At this pivotal time in the life of the church in the United States, it is notable that the NCC models inclusiveness in the selection of its leaders,” Jefferson-Snorton said in a statement.

“The denominations that make up the NCC demonstrate a commitment to embody the diversity of God’s creation in so many ways. This commitment is a call for all of us to show the love of God to all, to promote unity in Jesus Christ and to resist current cultural divisive trends. “

The NCC Board of Directors met virtually for its semi-annual meeting on October 13.

“Serving in the leadership of the National Council of Churches is both an honor and a privilege,” said Snorton. “I am honored to be a part of CNC life at this time.”

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