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Leslie Tune Named National Council of Churches' 
Communication Officer in Washington, DC  

March 31, 2003, NEW YORK CITY -- Leslie C. Tune of Bethesda, MD, will become the communication officer in the National Council of Churches/Church World Service office in Washington, DC, effective April 2.

Tune has more than 10 years' experience in communications, as a public affairs manager with the American Counseling Association, media relations specialist with the University of Maryland, assistant account executive with Ruder Finn PR, and public relations manager with Cox, Matthews & Associates. She has also worked on a variety of communication projects for Bell Atlantic, N. C. Mutual Life Insurance, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, an NCC-related interfaith advocacy program.

She earned a jounalism degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland with a concentration in marketing, and a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University.

Tune, who serves as associate minister at Norbeck Community Church in Silver Spring, MD, was ordained to the ministry by Metropolitan Baptist Church of Washington, which is affiliated with two NCC member denominations, the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the American Baptist Churches USA.  She and her husband are the parents of two children.

"We are delighted to have a person of Leslie's experience and spiritual commitment join us in this important crossroads of national life at a time when the voice of the faith community is needed more than ever before," said Wesley (Pat) Pattillo, associate general secretary for communication for the National Council of Churches, which is based in New York City. He added, "This new position will help extend the capabilities of the ecumenical family of churches in the nation’s most active news center."

The 36 member denominations of the National Council of Churches include 50 million persons in 140,000 local congregations across America. They work together in such fields as Christian education, humanitarian relief, interfaith relations, Bible translation, and efforts to reduce poverty in America. The Washington office, opposite the Supreme Court Building on Capitol Hill, is the focus of the NCC's work in public policy research and advocacy, faith and order dialogue, and environmental justice, as well as several programs of the Council's partner ministry, Church World Service.

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