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A Message from Kathryn Mary Lohre, NCC President, 2012-2013

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus the Christ!

For over sixty years, the National Council of Churches has told the story of the One who embodies God’s gift and promise of unity: Jesus Christ. This unlikely story of God incarnate never ceases to amaze.

The National Council of Churches enables us to “make known” the Christ in more ways than any one of us can manage or imagine alone – as individuals and as churches. This is precisely the benefit of our covenant with one another: that we can be together where we cannot be alone; that we can do together that which we cannot do alone, as witnesses to the living Christ.

Amid the challenges and celebrations of recent months, the NCC has been there: making ever-more visible the gift of our unity in Christ. And, by extension, you are there too.

The NCC is there working to end poverty.

Through our Poverty Initiative, we give leadership to the National Food Stamp Challenge, mobilizing more than a dozen members of Congress, religious leaders, and people of faith to subsist on the national average weekly food stamp allotment: $31.50. In doing so, we help many to better understand the realities of living in poverty, and the dire implications of further cuts to critical programs.

The NCC is there in God’s creation, protecting and restoring the land and creatures therein.

Through our Eco-Justice Program, we called for national chemical policy reform, and developed Christian Principles for a Healthy Body and Spirit. In doing so, we provid tools for enriching our self-understanding as stewards of the earth, and affirm the need to protect Creation from harmful substances that disproportionately impact low-income
communities and communities of color.

The NCC is there serving as host to history-in-the-making.

Through our Women’s Ministries Program and the Media Relations Office, we held the first public press conference for Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee in The Interchurch Center chapel. In doing so, we gave public witness to the churches’ active engagement in the global valuation of women’s leadership in peace building and nonviolent resistance movements.

The NCC is there nurturing and lifting up the gifts of its members.

Through our Interfaith Engaged Congregations Initiative, each year we recognize local churches that are leading the way as models for interfaith engagement. In doing so, we provide a means for others to explore how Christian self-understanding is enriched by engagement with people of other faiths, and offered an alternative to rampant Islamophobia and other forms of religious discrimination in our society.

The NCC is there where new growth and formation is taking place.

Through our partnership with NewFire, a network of young adult leaders, we invest in the next generation’s participation in and leadership of the ecumenical movement. In doing so, we commit ourselves to new ways of being ecumenical that are responsible to our legacy and responsive to changing realities.

Yet for all that we can say about where we minister together as NCC, we can say with even more certainty that:

The NCC will be there wherever the churches remain divided. We will continue our foundational theological work through critical dialogues and other relationship-building initiatives that nurture the unity of the church in the United States and throughout the world.

The NCC will be there wherever the churches give witness to their unity in Christ. As shepherds who have beheld the One who embodies our unity, this is our common calling, our common vision, and our common joy. 

In this spirit, we invite you to continue to participate in our shared ministry as the National Council of Churches through a financial gift.  

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May our lives – and our life together – boldly proclaim the amazing good news of Jesus Christ in all that we do!

With gratitude for the gift and calling of our unity,



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