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|Comment of the NCC
on the Death of Senator Paul Wellstone
October 25, 2002
Senator Wellstone was fearless and faithful in his pursuit of justice for all persons.
We at the National Council of Churches have more than once been grateful for his
leadership on behalf of programs to assist the least, the last and the lost. His great
heart and sharp mind placed him in the forefront of the cause of children, health care,
environmental concerns, and the poor and marginalized. Even in what turned out to be the
last days of his life, Senator Wellstone, despite a close political race for re-election,
preserved his integrity in voting against the "Use of Force" resolution to
enable U.S. action against Iraq. At the time we cited his courage and selflessness in
placing conscience above self-interest.
The Rev. Dr. Edgar, a United Methodist minister, has served as NCC General Secretary since January 1, 2000. The NCCs 36 Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican member churches comprise 50 million adherents. Dr. Edgar served six terms (1975-1987) in the U.S. Congress, representing Pennsylvanias Seventh District.
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