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2012 News Archive

Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member faith groups -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

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January 3, 2012, New York -- ABC TV special by Marble Collegiate Church, presented by the NCC and the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, highlights persons who work out their faith every day.

January 6, 2012, New York --The Executive Committee of the National Council of Churches has announced that the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon completed his service as NCC General Secretary on Dec. 31, 2011, at the close of his four-year term.  

January 9, 2012, New York Wednesday, by act of Congress, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the U.S., and faith based organizations are calling upon Americans to become more aware of the millions who are victimized by trafficking – and more involved in finding ways to stop it.

January 12, 2012, New York – As churches mark the second anniversary of the 7.0 earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti, killing an estimated 316,000 people and leaving than a million homeless, they recommit to a long-term recovery initiative.

January 20, 2011, York -- Clare J. Chapman, Esq., is elected Interim General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.

January 30, 2012, New York -- The NCC has joined a growing list of religious and advocacy organizations to support legislation tightening controls over sexual stalking and abuse on the Internet. 

January 30, 2012, New York -- The NCC has joined with nearly 40 religious and advocacy organizations to call upon Congress to renew the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

February 8, 2012, Washington -- Nathan Hosler, who with his wife Jennifer has been teaching theology and peace at Kulp Bible College in northern Nigeria, has accepted a joint position as advocacy officer with the National Council of Churches and the Church of the Brethren, effective March 1.  

February 24, 2012, Washington -- The Eco-Justice Programs of the National Council of Churches is providing a guidebook for viewings of a film about mountaintop removal mining.

February 27, 2012, Washington -- The NCC and other national religious organizations have called on candidates to tone down their rhetoric about one another's religious beliefs.

February 27, 2012, Chicago -- The National Council of Churches executive committee has formed a task force to 're-envision and restructure' the NCC.

February 29, 2012 -- The National Council of Churches is searching for a leader skilled in "change management, organizational transformation, and funds development" to serve as its "transitional general secretary" for 18 months during the council's planned restructuring.  

February 9, 2012, Washington -- Former NCC President and CME Bishop Thomas Hoyt declared Tuesday that the church must stand with poor people, and he urged Congressional support for the SNAP (food stamp) program.

March 2, 2012, Washington -- The tomato retailer Publix insists on underpaying workers and forcing them to work in conditions "most of us do not and would not tolerate," said the Rev. Michael Livingston, director of the National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative.

March 5, 2012, New York -- In the context of momentous developments in the Middle East, the National Council of Churches has joined leaders of major Jewish, Christian and Muslim national religious organizations “affirm with urgency that Arab-Israeli-Palestinian peace is more vital than ever.”

March 8, 2012, New York -- The Circles of Names campaign to raise $100,000 for women's ministries announced on International Women's Day that their goal has been achieved.

March 14, 2012, New York -- NCC Interim General Secretary Clare Chapman joined with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and other religious leaders in an appeal to the Syrian U.N. ambassador to find a way to end the violence in his country.

March 18, 2012, New York -- Church leaders and laity around the world mourn the passing of Pope Shenouda III, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Christian Church.

March 20, 2012, New York -- Churches continue to feel the effects of "the Great Recession" of 2008 as contributions dropped $1.2 billion, according to the National Council of Churches' 2012 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches.

March 20, 2012, New York -- LOL! The editor of the 2012 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches examines the relationship between churches and young adult 'Millennials.'

March 22, 2012, Washington -- Women religious leaders called today for greater government oversight of the cosmetics industry to protect children and the environment from toxic chemicals.

March 23, 2012, Washington -- The National Council of Churches is moving forward in a project to eliminate racial disparities in maternal health.

March 26, 2012, Washington -- National Council of Churches leaders said they are 'profoundly disturbed' by events leading to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

March 26, 2012, Washington -- The National Council of Churches expressed anger Monday over the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman in her home in El Cajon, Calif.

March 27, 2012, Washington -- Members of the faith community joined with leaders of the farm worker movement Monday to kick off the week’s events leading up to the second annual national César Chávez Day on March 31.

March 28, 2012, New York -- The Uniform Lessons bible curriculum committee celebrates 140 years of service.

April 4, 2012, Washington -- The NCC expressed disappointment today over the FDA's conclusion there is insufficient evidence to ban BPA,

April 4, 2012, Flushing, N.Y. -- The National Council of Churches, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission invite Easter worshippers to witness the Orthodox Christian Resurrection Service and Divine Liturgy of Pascha.

April 19, 2012, New York -- The Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, former National Council of Churches general secretary, has announced plans to accept a three-year academic post at Seattle University.

April 26, 2012, New York -- The National Council of Churches has issued strong words of support for a condemnation by international ecumenical councils of attacks on Christians and churches in Sudan.

May 11, 2012, Washington -- NCC, interfaith groups, urge House to pass the Senate version of VAWA.

Washington, May 17, 2012 -- The passage by the House of Representative of a weakened and "dangerous" bill on violence against women has been deplored by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women. 

Chicago, May 21, 2012 -- Peg Birk, a nationally known change management consultant and active Congregational laywoman has been elected Transitional General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.

Chicago, May 21, 2012 -- The NCC Governing Board convened today in the same city as the G8 and G20 summits, and President Kathryn M. Lohre welcomed the board to Chicago "along with dozens of world leaders, and thousands of protesters."

Pittsburgh, May 21, 2012 -- Beatitude Metropolitan Constantine, the Ruling Hierarch of the Central Eparchy and the Primate of our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, died today at the age of 76.

Washington, May 24, 2012 – Religious leaders from Christian and Jewish communities spoke in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution rule today at hearings in Washington and Chicago.

Seattle, May 31, 2012 Representatives of the National Council of Churches called for protection of the Bristol Bay Watershed today at a public hearing in Seattle.

New York, May 31, 2012 -- Alarmed by legal sanctions that allow police to stop and search individuals -- mostly persons of color -- in public places, the NAACP is holding a "Silent March Against Stop and Frisk" on Father's Day.



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