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Blevins to lead ecumenical peace program
July 1, 2010, New York -- In a joint appointment announced today by the National Council of Churches (NCC) and the Church of the Brethren, Jordan Blevins starts July 1 as the churchís staff for witness in a position also seconded to the NCC to serve as an advocacy officer in Washington, D.C. Blevins will lead an ecumenical peacemaking program on behalf of the two organizations.
He is a member of Westminster (Md.) Church of the Brethren. Previously, he was associate director of the NCCís Eco-Justice Program and coordinator of Poverty Initiatives and Washington internships with the National Council of Churches since September 2007.
Michael Kinnamon, general secretary of the NCC, praised the appointment. "It models a new form of support for the work of the NCC," he said. "The United Church of Christ already has a similar agreement with the Council that undergirds our ministry in racial justice and human rights, and we hope that other churches will follow suit. Second, this gives us staff coverage in the area of peacemaking, which has always been a crucial part of the Councilís agenda. And, third, I am absolutely delighted to welcome Jordan Blevins, who has been a fine colleague in the field of eco-justice, into this new position. He is the right person for this new portfolio."
Blevinís responsibilities for the Church of the Brethren will include nurturing the denominationís witness to society and government from a uniquely Anabaptist-Pietist Brethren perspective, with a pacifist emphasis on peace and justice. He will represent the NCC member churches in advocacy for peace and provide leadership in educational initiatives with the member churches and wider society.
Prior to joining the NCC, Blevins was a legislative intern at the Brethren Witness/Washington Office beginning in January 2007, where he participated in a Faith Expedition to Vietnam and did follow up reporting and helped create a Brethren Water and Sanitation project in that area through the Global Food Crisis Fund. Additionally, he was manager of Cokesbury Bookstore in Washington, as well as a grassroots fundraiser for Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Bridgewater (Va.) College and recently graduated from American University and Wesley Theological Seminary with a master of arts degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and a master of theological studies, respectively. He is pursuing a doctorate of ministry in Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue at Wesley Theological Seminary.
He serves on the Board of Directors of On Earth Peace, on the Church of the Brethrenís Young Adult Steering Committee, and on the New Fire Task Force, a young adult ecumenical movement.
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 36 member faith groups ó from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches ó include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
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