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NCC names Brenda D. Tribett

to staff Uniform Series curricula


New York, September 2, 2011 – The National Council of Churches has named an experienced Christian educator to the position of Program Specialist for the Committee on the Uniform Series church school curriculum.


Brenda J. Tribett, who has served on several committee’s of the NCC’s Education and Leadership Ministries Commission, succeeds the Rev. Barbara Tilley, who retired in August.


The Rev. Dr. Roderick Lewis, chair of the Uniform Series Committee, praised the appointment.


"It is a delight to welcome Brenda Tribett to the CUS family and to the staff of the NCC," he said. "We feel strongly that Brenda brings significant strengths and skill to the work of the CUS. Her experience in the field of Christian Education helps to give her the foundation necessary to carry forth the work which we do. We look forward to working with Brenda as we continue to make the Uniform Series a useful tool for curriculum development."


Clare Chapman, NCC Deputy General Secretary and General Counsel, echoed Lewis' remarks. "I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Brenda to our staff team," Chapman said. "She brings a great wealth of experience and understanding from her background as a Christian educator and member of the ELMC family and has already embraced her new role in leadership for the Committee on the Uniform Series. "


Tribett has served as director of the Joseph Nash Multicultural Center on the campus of PSCE, Richmond, Va., and has participated in Curriculum Theory Conference at Lake Junalaska, North Carolina, with the Committee on Curriculum Research and Theory.


She has worked closely with David C. Cooke and Urban Ministries, both with American Baptist Churches USA and the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.


Tribett has worked with several advocacy groups around the issues of children, such as, the Children’s Defense Fund, Tobacco Free Kids, Black Child Development, Inc. and the U. S. Department of Education.


Tribett is pursuing the Doctor of Educational Ministries degree at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga. She holds a Master of Christian Education degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Va., and a Master of Arts, Legal Studies, from the Antioch School of Law, Washington, D.C.


She also holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice and Public Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.


Probably the oldest ecumenical committee in existence, the Committee on the Uniform Series celebrates its 140th anniversary in 2012. For a century and a quarter, Protestants of many traditions have worked together to create outlines for church school curriculum based on "the uniform principle," meaning that everyone in church school on a given Sunday would study the same passage of Scripture.


This ideal has motivated what is surely the most ecumenically and racially diverse group related to the NCC to work together faithfully on producing the most widely used approach to Bible study in the Protestant churches. A fascinating history of the Committee and of the Sunday School Movement in the United States, "Our Heritage in the Uniform Series," may be requested from the committee's administrator.


Twenty-two denominations and their representative staff form the committee which meets annually.

Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for shared ecumenical witness among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 37 member communions -- 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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