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NCC General Secretary Bob Edgar's Statement on the
Death of Episcopal Church Bishop Paul Moore, Jr.

May 2, 2003, NEW YORK CITY -- "We are joined in grief with people across New York City and others touched by the life and ministry of Bishop Paul Moore, Jr., said Dr. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches, at the death, May 1, of Bishop Moore at age 83. A retired bishop of The Episcopal Church, Moore was the 13th bishop of the Diocese of New York, serving from 1972 to 1989.

"With the passing of Bishop Paul Moore, Jr. from this life, a strong Christian voice has been stilled," said Edgar, paying tribute to a religious leader known citywide and nationally for wholeheartedly embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ on peace and justice. "We will long remember his words--spoken from pulpits, in committee rooms and in the media--on behalf of poor people, victims of systemic violence and greed, all who were oppressed and those who stand with them."

A little more than a month ago, Bishop Moore stood in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, just blocks from the New York offices of the National Council of Churches, to protest the Iraq war in terms that resonated with the stance of the NCC and its 36 Protestant and Orthodox communions. Moved by the strength of spirit that took Bishop Moore to that pulpit in his final illness, Dr. Edgar said, "We mourn his death and rededicate ourselves to the great Gospel tradition in which he so firmly stood."

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