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The NCC's ECULINK, Volume 71,
is headed to a computer near you

New York, July 20, 2010 -- EcuLink, the National Council of Churches' award-winning tabloid that has been on hiatus since 2006, has re-emerged in electronic form at

EcuLink was launched in 1985 at the direction of the late Rev. Arie J. Brouwer, who served as NCC General Secretary from 1985 to 1989.

The mission of the newsletter, which was reformatted as a tabloid in 2000, was to report the wide-ranging ministries of the 36 communions that compose the National Council of Churches. Under the editorship of Peggy Ann Shriver, and later Sarah Vilankulu, EcuLink won awards from the Associated Church Press and the Religious Communicators Council for the quality of its reportage.

The print version of EcuLink ceased publication in November 2006 during a period of reorganization at the National Council of Churches. Since then, the Council has communicated its story via its webpage,, as well as through brochures and press releases.

"For decades, EcuLink has been an essential medium for thousands of ecumenical Christians," said Wesley M. "Pat" Pattillo, NCC associate general secretary for Communication and Justice and Advocacy. "In a community of diverse communions, it's obvious that without 'communication' we would have a harder time standing together in Christian witness. The new EcuLink will hold up a mirror to all of us so we can have a better picture of what we can do together."  

"For the thousands of faithful who have a passion for church unity and a calling to support it," said Kurt Kaboth, NCC director of Resource Development, "we hope EcuLink will provide a beacon to illuminate the great things the council is doing."

Those interested in receiving the new electronic edition of EcuLink can sign up for automatic free subscriptions to the monthly issues by visiting   Comments and suggestions can be submitted to

The new electronic EcuLink was designed and edited by Melissa Dixon of the NCC Staff.

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 -- 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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